Healthy travel is greatly enhanced by breathing techniques that reduce stress, calm the nerves and provide physical relaxation. If you suffer from motion sickness or fear of flying you may benefit greatly from such breathing techniques.
You might experience motion sickness while traveling on a plane, train, bus, boat, car or any moving vehicle. In this type of sickness, the brain does not clearly understand the signals it receives from the eyes and the inner ear. If you suffer from motion sickness, you are generally not accustomed to excessive or bumpy movement during travel. Maybe you do not fly often enough for your body to be accustomed to it. In some societies where driving or riding in cars is not common, it is not unusual for children to feel nausea and dizziness in a rare ride in a moving vehicle.
To deal with motion sickness, experts often prescribe medication. Natural remedies also exist such as ginger or peppermint tea to calm the stomach. You may also be advised to focus on a fixed point, avoid reading and get fresh air if possible.
When feeling very tense, breathing exercises help you to relax and ease your motion sickness. Closing your eyes, inhaling deeply and releasing your breath slowly help to calm your nerves and relieve the stress that accompanies your motion sickness.
Fear of Flying
Fear of flying may also be a concern for you. With this condition, you may feel a great deal of stress and loss of control. What if the plane crashes or an accident of some kind happens? You may feel every bump. Enduring turbulence, which is a natural occurrence when flying, may cause you to feel a higher degree of panic and despair.
Breathing, Mantras and Imagery
To combat the fear of flying, you should focus on the breath. Breathing in and out slowly helps to calm your mind and brings your awareness to the present moment. The panic that ensues is often a result of thoughts you may be having about what could potentially happen. Your imagination may run wild, dreaming up a multitude of unfortunate and traumatic scenarios. Focusing your mind on the breath prevents your imagination from conjuring up scary images.
While breathing, it is important to fill up your diaphragm fully as opposed to taking shallow breaths that fill up only your chest. To cut out all distractions, closing your eyes is recommended. Along with taking full, deliberate breaths, positive mantras may be useful. For example, “I am at peace. I am relaxed. Everything is alright.” These are positive thoughts that reinforce the reality that your body is fine and nothing traumatic has happened to you.
You may find it helpful to combine imagery with breathing techniques. Imagining yourself in a beautiful, serene location, participating in an enjoyable activity also helps to reduce your stress while bringing your body to balance. Combining your breath, imagery, positive thoughts and focused meditation helps to combat your motion sickness and fear of flying. The end result is a healthier and happier travel experience.