5 Tips For Preventing Motion Sickness During A Helicopter Ride

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Riding in a helicopter provides you with amazing aerial views of your surroundings. However, if you're prone to motion sickness, you might be leery about taking flight. Don't let the threat of motion sickness deter you from the experience of riding in a helicopter. Check out these tips to learn how you can avoid getting sick during your helicopter tour.

Sit In The Front Seat

Motion sickness occurs because the movement perceived by your inner ear and your brain don't align. In order to avoid feeling nauseous, you need to focus on a fixed point. This way, even though your inner ear senses that you're moving, your eyes are sending signals to your brain that you're stationary. So, if possible, sit in the front seat of the helicopter where it's easier to fixate on one specific thing, such as the dashboard, during the take off and landing.

Don't Eat Or Drink Before The Ride

You're more likely to feel nauseous if your belly is full. So, avoid consuming food and beverages completely before your helicopter ride. If you do decide to grab a bite to eat before your helicopter tour, avoid alcoholic beverages and any food that has a tendency to not agree with you.

Be Confident

The more confident you are that you aren't going to get sick, the more likely it is that you won't. It might sound crazy, but you can simply talk yourself out of a bout of motion sickness. Before your flight repeat an affirmative mantra stating that you won't get sick during your helicopter ride to help boost your confidence.

Try To Relax

The more nervous you are about riding in a helicopter, the more likely it is that you'll become ill. So, help your body relax before the ride by taking slow, deep breaths or listening to calming music. Alternatively, you can drink a cup of tea made with peppermint leaves.

Take a Ginger Supplement

If you're looking for a natural way to prevent motion sickness on a helicopter, take a ginger supplement before your flight. Ginger has been used to treat motion sickness for years. However, avoid taking ginger if you're on prescription blood thinners or have a heart condition because ginger can increase the risk of bleeding.

Overall, helicopter rides are fairly smooth. So, even if you do experience motion sickness on a boat or plane, you might not get sick during your helicopter tour. If you're worried about becoming sick, try your best to relax, be confident, and focus on a fixed point if you feel sick. For more information, contact a professional like those at Qwest Helicopters Inc.  

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