Eat a good meal before flying
Julie Vader/Shutterstock It’s extremely important to eat a good meal before you fly. Getting on a plane with an empty stomach is guaranteed to make you feel nauseous. However, it’s important to watch what you eat. Stay away from greasy, spicy, and salty foods as well as alcohol. Eat a smaller, yet filling, meal that includes things like eggs and whole-wheat toast. Make sure that you aren’t making these other mistakes when traveling on an airplane.
Imagine yourself traveling
racorn/Shutterstock Airsickness is often caused by a fear of flying. Self-guided meditation before you board your plane or even before you get to the airport can allow you to feel calm the whole time you are traveling. Feeling calm will help to keep your stomach settled. “Take some time even a day or two before the flight and guide yourself through an imagined flight from check-in through getting off the plane,” says Ari Hoffman, MA, LPC. “By doing this you are setting a template for flying in your mind and therefore your experience of the flight will follow the template you have established.” These are things you’re pilot won’t tell you.
Reassure yourself that you are okay
leungchopan/Shutterstock If you are already on the plane and your anxiety is causing you to feel nauseous, reassuring yourself that you’re okay can help to calm you down. “First, lean the seat as far back as it will go. Then take relaxing breaths. Notice, I didn’t say deep breaths, you don’t want to hyperventilate. Relaxing breaths are a normal inhale and long exhale. Research shows that breathing like this sends your body and brain the message that you are okay,” says Hoffman. After you’ve calmed down, try taking a nap. Here are tips to sleep well on an airplane.