How to combat seasickness 2021.10.29
Being seasick is a terrible thing. Seasicknessresults from a conflict in the inner ear and the erratic motion of a vessel. An individual's susceptibility to seasicknessis highly variable. If you've ever had motion sickness when traveling by car, plane, or amusement park ride, you may be more susceptible to seasicknesswhile aboard a vessel.
Staying busy and keeping your mind occupied are the best ways to avoid seasickness. Try to stay on deck in the fresh air and focus on anything other than the moving ship. Take deep breaths and drink plenty of water. When on deck, facing forward (rather than to the side) seems to help most people. Remember that you need to let your brain adjust to this new unstable environment by allowing the horizon to act as the true point of reference.
Although drinking plenty of water is important, you also need to keep something in your stomach (although spicy or fatty food is not recommended). Lying down in a deck chair in the fresh air often helps many people; it's almost like you can sleep it off. Most modern cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers that eliminate much of the motion that causes seasickness. This is one time when bigger might be better—the larger the ship, the less it will rock. If you know you are prone to seasickness, try to get a cabin on the outside (with a window), or mid-ship and on a lower deck where there is less motion.
Having been sick after long drives along winding roads, I had realised a few of these things myself and steeled my mind and my body against the vomit I knew wanted to gush out of my throat.
Once we had gotten through the worst of the ferry’s journey of pushing against the waves and strong currents, we were all ever so happy to see land. We rushed out into the information office of the island first and foremost to settle our stomachs and secondly to bask in the cool air circulating around the air conditioned room.
Since the entire plan had not been formulated, things were merely being sorted as we moved through the day, we now had to decide what was to be done next and how we would be able to move about the tiny, tree blanketed land mass.
We looked around at the maps and the options available and after a meagre lunch break, we started moving again before the day got away from us. The ferry was returning to the mainland at four o’ clock so we had no time to waste.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.