Psyching Myself Out of Motion Sickness

Cynthia Dermody
Healthy Living
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reading in the car and trainReading is perhaps the WORST thing you can do in transit when you have motion sickness, Cafe Kim told us recently when sharing some great tips to prevent the neurological condition.

This has always been a bummer for me, because not only do I get motion sickness really bad, I'm a total bookworm and couldn't think of a more relaxing, enjoyable way to pass the ride. And especially now that I'm trying to do my eco-part and take public transportation more often.

So the other day while I was twiddling my thumbs and feeling jealous of the lady on my right riveted to the latest Jodi Picoult, and the one on my left enthralled by the new Charlaine Harris, I gave myself an ultimatum: You will read on the train. You will not get sick.

The next day I was there with my own copy of Charlaine Harris, and I dug in. I kept the book very close to my eyes and very still, and did not look up and around so as not to get disoriented.

I'm not kidding when I tell you it worked. I actually psyched myself out of motion sickness. A tad bit of nausea, but nothing compared to what it used to be. I also sucked on sour lemon drop to occupy my stomach a bit -- an empty tummy often makes motion sickness worse. Three days and counting and so far so good!

I don't think I'm brave enough to try this in the car yet, but who knows where the power of the mind will lead me next!

Have you ever been able to overcome motion sickenss -- or any other condition, for that matter -- by talking yourself out of it? How would you explain what happened to me?

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