Whether it's chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commutes in the heat or seeing the season's newest 3D blockbuster, plans can quickly be ruined by the onset of nausea during summer. When nausea strikes, follow these tips to ensure summer is as carefree and exciting as it should be — free of fear and full of fun.
1. Take cover
Heat exhaustion is a common problem many people may encounter during the summer and it often results in symptoms of nausea, like dizziness and vomiting. When staying outside for a prolonged period of time, be sure to wear sunscreen or a sunhat to protect the skin from direct sun exposure and take breaks in the shade or indoors whenever possible. If at outdoor social gatherings, limit the intake of sugary drinks, which can further dehydrate the body, potentially leading to nausea.
2. Come prepared
Whether packing a beach bag for a day in the sand, stuffing your carry-on with travel essentials or stocking up for a hot day at a theme park, it's important to be prepared for any summer ailments that might strike.
At the onset of nausea, it can often be hard to think about anything else. Focusing energy on deep inhales and exhales can calm nausea-induced anxieties and stressors, while also physically relaxing tense stomach muscles. Try downloading a breathing exercise app to help guide each breath, focusing on those deep breaths.
4. Mask smelly triggers
As temperatures rise, so can unpleasant smells. A pile of unwashed wet towels from the pool, strange fishy smells by the beach and an array of sunscreens and aloes on a hot summer day can be enough to make anyone's nose (and stomach) turn at the unpleasant mix of odours. To avoid summer stenches triggering symptoms of nausea, try using a lotion that has calming lavender smells or bringing a travel-sized air freshener around with you to help mask bad odours when they arise.
Regardless of the cause, when nausea strikes, it's important to be armed and ready by employing these tips to help quickly and efficiently combat nausea to get back to enjoying all the fun summer has to offer.