As Sartre knew, it’s a nauseating world out there. Having a few tips on hand to knock out nausea on days when hiding under the bed covers isn’t an option is key to staying on your feet. In many cases, nausea is caused by the brain misunderstanding some form of input, and the trick is just to get your mind to reboot.
Although you probably won’t be terribly hungry when you are dealing with nausea, simple breads like crackers and toast can really be helpful to quiet the digestive system. Biscuits are a great choice too.
Peppermint and spearmint aren’t just refreshing and good for your breath, they’ll also take the edge off of a wave of nausea. Try it as a mint tea if you have the time, or a mint candy if you’re on the go. Please, Mr. Creosote, won’t have just one more wafer-thin little mint?
Ginger is the classic go-to herb for treating nausea. Ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger candy, it doesn’t matter how you get it in. Ginger has a wide variety of medicinal uses, but it’s ability to calm the digestive system is legendary.
Cold Damp Cloth
Applying a cold, damp cloth to the back of your neck will take your mind off any number of things, including nausea. If you are at home and the nausea just won’t quit, you can try applying the damp cloths to your wrists and ankles as well.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Aromatherapists recommend the essential oil of grapefruit to snap the mind back into to focus when it gets stuck on a nausea repeat cycle. If you suffer from frequent nausea consider picking up a vial of the oil and carrying it with you on the go. When nausea strikes drop a few drops on a tissue and inhale.
A glass of a light carbonated beverage such as ginger ale or sprite will often help settle the stomach down. Not everyone agrees on this one, as many claim that the extra fizz will make your stomach even more queasy.
Sit Down, Sit Still
Nausea and equilibrium seem to be interlinked. Plant yourself when nausea strikes, and try to remain as still as you can until the wave subsides.
Will Power or Mental Exercise
Many claim that they can think their way through nausea by insisting to themselves that they are not nauseas. Surely this depends on the cause of the nausea, but it never seems to work for me. What does work, though, is occupying the mind with some little exercise. If you’re near a computer when nausea strikes, try pulling up a simple game and play it for a minute or two.
Slow Deep Breaths
Sometimes nausea just needs a moment of your time. The next time nausea strikes, try taking a few very deep breaths. Slowly and consciously inhale to the point that your lungs are full and slowly release. A few breaths in and out, and hopefully the nausea will have subsided.
Avoid Nauseating Images
Regardless of the cause of your nausea, there are a number of sounds and images that won’t make you feel any better. Although turning on the tube can help take your mind off your suffering, we all know there’s plenty of nauseating stuff on television. Loud sounds aren’t helpful either.
This ones pretty easy as your appetite usually suffers with nausea anyway. I’ve run across people who recommend sticking to the BRAT diet when they’re dealing with ongoing nausea. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Enjoy.
Hate to say it, but sometimes life ain’t easy. In cases of food poisoning or illness, sometimes kneeling before the porcelain throne is the only option. Hang in there, it’ll all be over soon.
General Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. These are just some tips I’ve gathered. Hope you feel better soon.