Travel Sickness is defined as a condition in which visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s sense of movement are at disagreement. In simpler form, it is the feeling you experience when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize resulting in diverse signals sent and received by the brain. Travel sickness is more commonly known as motion sickness and also referred as sea / car / air sickness. In medical terms, the sickness occurs when the inner ear, the eye, and other areas of the body that detect motion send conflicting messages to the brain. One part of your balance – sensing system (your inner ear, vision, and sensory nerves) indicates that your body is moving, while the other parts do not sense motion.
If you experience feeling of sickness while traveling, it’s going to be associated with dizziness, fatigue, queasiness, breathlessness.
The easy way to tackle is – sucking a lemon, orange, peppermint candy, ginger and cardamom.
There are medicines available, so you can pop a pill every time (I use Diamox) but that doesn’t sound like a long term solution of the problem. If the intensity of your travel sickness is huge then reflect on other ways of eliminating the issue.
So, let’s consider a healthy way, a routine that will not only help you tackle the ‘Travel Sickness’ syndrome but will also give several other benefits. The word is – ‘YOGA’ my friends 🙂
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
There are solutions to all your health problems in Yoga, for now let’s just focus on tackling travel sickness problem.
Begin with warm up, stretching and simple breathing techniques. Then move on to performing these yoga ‘Asanas’, don’t try to attempt all of them, go slow but steady.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations): The power of 12!!! One power packed set of 12 yoga poses that will help you to stay fit and gorgeous. This asana helps you to boost cardiovascular activity and has a great impact on heart, liver, stomach, bowels and overall body.
Meru Prishthasana (Upper Body Rotations): Helps enhance digestion and blood circulation. Deepens breath and gives inner balance. It is beneficial for low blood pressure too.
Vrikshasana (Tree Pose): As the name suggests this asana implies a posture like that of a tree. This posture replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree. It improves body balance, calms the mind and makes you feel re-energized!!
Always end your yoga session with ‘Shavasana’, relaxing your body and mind after a good exercise session helps you to reap the benefits in an efficient manner.
Another tip is always travel light, applies to packing as well as eating. Don’t stuff yourself with heavy to digest foods. Carry juices to stay hydrated.
Happy Traveling 🙂