Sunday, February 19, 2012
When the Nausea Creeps In
So, what can we do in these situations? My best advice is to, one, be prepared with a tummy toolkit, and two, practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Yesterday I popped in a ginger chew and took some slow, deep breaths of the Quease Ease. Here are some additional tools and information to prevent this feeling from taking over.
1. Helpful tools
Think of it as a first aid kit on the go. Nausea can be soothed through many our senses such as smelling, tasting, feeling and hearing. Here are some of my favorites, most of which can be found on the JourneywithGP Store.
Smell - Quease Ease Aromatic Inhaler - Take a few deep breaths of this blend of essential oils for quick relief. You can also use peppermint oil which also provides relief.
Taste - Ginger - Keep ginger chews or ginger candy with you to help calm the tummy as well as indigestion (my favorites are from The Ginger People). These would be best for the toolkit, otherwise if available, have some ginger or chamomile & lavender tea.
Feel - Acupressure wrist band - Most people use these when going on a cruise or boat for sea sickness. The band gently stimulates a point on the wrist known as nei-kuan. A big fan of acupuncture and previous student, I've found this to be very helpful. If you don't have the band you can massage the point yourself. For instructions check out this site.
Hear - Music therapy and guided imagery - Both have been shown to reduce nausea and anxiety. If its an option, keep a playlist on your phone, music player, or CD with tunes that make you feel calm and relaxed. A good place to start is one by Dr. Andrew Weil called Sound Body, Sound Mind.
2. Breathing Techniques
When nauseous, or in any pain for that matter, its easy to sort of freeze up, focus on the pain and forget what the body naturally wants to do...breathe. So, I encourage you to make this a habit whenever that unpleasant feeling starts to take over as well as a daily practice.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
"...you can improve sleep, encourage a calmer emotional state, boost your thinking power and soothe your nervous system."
Diaphragmatic (Abdominal) Breathing
"...when practiced regularly, lead to the relief or prevention of symptoms commonly associated with stress, which may include...stomach conditions, depression, anxiety, and others."