I’m on location this week in Adelaide for work so that I can attend some events. As I have been almost every week for about 3 months, I’m taking short 2-3 day business trips to cities around Australia. I didn’t sleep too well last night, so the flight over made me a bit queasy. Here are some tips I practice for when too much travel makes me feel a little less than perfect:
1) Drink Lots of Water – I read this tip everywhere and it can get a bit annoying to hear constantly, but if life can’t exist without water, why don’t we drink it when we can? Frequent travel, especially on planes, can leave your body dehydrated, so drink up!
2) Eat Small Snacks – I keep museli (granola) bars in my bag, together with some plain crackers. Sometimes my stomach will feel a bit unsettled, and it’s because there’s nothing in it! Forgetting to eat when you’re running from place to place can happen, so snacks can help keep you going, and the dryness can help ease the queasiness. If you’re out of snacks and on a long flight, ask the flight attendant for a bread roll.
3) Eat Ginger or Mint – Ginger is really good for aiding digestion and for nausea, and mint is also good. That’s why all-you-can-eat buffets always offer you mint candies on the way out!
4) Lie Down & Rest for a Minute – Feeling queasy is your body’s way of telling you to slow down. Sometimes it can seem like there’s a million and one emails that need answering before you get on that plane, but it won’t be the end of the world if you leave it until later (it always seems like the world will end but it won’t). Take a minute to chill and just breath. If you can prepare in advance for your travel, make sure you get a good night’s rest before you start long flights and road trips.
5) Eat Light – It can be tempting to just over-indulge when you’re straight off the plane for a vacation, or even if you’re on a business trip and you know that work will fork the bill for your steak lunch, but try to eat light. You don’t need to restrict yourself to NOT eat anything on your entire vacation, but when you first start, try to ease into it. There are things that can upset your stomach more, and nobody likes feeling icky on vacation, or when you’re on location to do work.
So those are my Quick Tips for Queasiness! No. 1 rule above all else is to take care of yourself. So, no matter how hard you work and push yourself for others, at the end of the day you have to deal with yourself. Take care and much love!