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Using Pressure Points to Relieve Nausea and Motion Sickness

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How to Use the P6 Pressure Point to Relieve Nausea and Vomiting

Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique involving the practice of applying precise pressure (usually with your fingers) to trigger points on the body with the goal of relieving muscle tension, promoting blood circulation, reducing depression, and more. This pressure is essentially a way of turning on the body’s self-healing and regulatory systems.

One pressure point, the P6 (short for Pericardium 6 and also referred to as Nei Guan), is known for its ability to relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches. The P6 is located on the inner forearm, three finger breadths below the wrist and in between the two tendons.

How can the P6 provide relief? The Pericardium pathway passes through your chest, through your diaphragm, and into your mid and lower abdomen; on its way to the abdomen, the pathway passes through your stomach. When P6 is stimulated, it can soothe an upset stomach.

Those who suffer from motion or car sickness know how uncomfortable and disruptive nausea and vomiting can be. Read on to find out how to use this pressure point to find relief.

Step 1

Position your hand so that your palm is facing you and your fingers are pointing up.

Step 2

To find the P6 pressure point, place the first three fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Then, place your thumb on the point just below your index finger. You should feel two large tendons under your thumb. ​

Step 3

Using your thumb or forefinger, press on this point in a circular motion for two to three minutes. The pressure should be firm but not to the point of causing discomfort.

Step 4

Lastly, repeat the process on your other wrist.

If you’re experiencing nausea or vomiting, these four simple steps can help you find some relief.

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3 Tricks to Get Kids with Motion Sickness to Watch the Road

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Motion sickness is no fun, and it’s especially awful for kids, who may not have the tools or knowledge to be able to deal with it properly.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and eliminate motion sickness. One of the easiest ways to ward off motion sickness is to watch the road. Motion sickness is caused when your body (inner ears, nerves, etc.) sense you are moving, but your eyes see something different and the brain gets conflicting signals. This is why anyone in the back seat of a car, especially someone susceptible to motion sickness, is more likely to feel ill on windy roads, since it is more difficult to watch where you are going. Making a concerted effort to watch the road can eliminate motion sickness.

This strategy is easy for adults, but it’s tougher for little ones, who are easily distracted and may not understand the importance of keeping your eyes on the road.

Here are three tricks to get your kids to watch the road.

  1. Road games

Not only are games a great way to pass the time, but certain games are also a sneaky way to get your kids to focus on objects outside of the car.

“I spy” is one of the best games for this. The parent can start by saying “I spy with my little eye something…” and then a color or another adjective describing something outside of the car (“I spy with my little eye something round.”). The child (or everyone in the car) then guesses what you’re referring to.

Another option is the license plate game. The aim is to try to find as many states as possible. When you see a license plate from a different state, write it down (the parents might want to do this!).

  1. Point out various things outside of the car

Focus on one thing like landmarks or red cars or people walking dogs. See how many your kids can count, or have a competition to see who can find the most items in the category. The key to a successful game is to keep the child looking forward.

  1. Rewards

In addition to the games and strategies described above, old-fashioned rewards can work too. Give your kids goals such as “Look outside the car for five whole minutes.” When they successfully complete these challenges, reward them with a snack they love or the promise of something after the trip is over.

Making sure your kids’ eyes are glued to the road helps prevent and reduce motion sickness and makes car trips easier for all involved! Try one or more of these techniques next time you take a car trip. Good luck!

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A Field-Trip Checklist for Parents

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Your child’s first field trip is exciting and a little nerve-wracking. While field trips are a safe and fun way for kids to get hands-on experience with what they’re learning in school, the idea of sending your child out into the world without you can be a bit unsettling. However, with a little preparation, you can ensure a safe trip, while giving yourself some peace of mind. Here’s a helpful checklist for easy field-trip prep:

Talk to the Teacher/Chaperone

Your child’s teacher will have all the details worked out, but it’s helpful for both you and your kids if you know the details as well. Talk to the teachers or parent chaperones (sometimes you may have a parent friend attending the trip) and find out where they’re going and when. If the trip includes multiple destinations, ask for an itinerary so you know exactly where your child is throughout the entire trip. It’s also a good idea to give the teacher or chaperone your cell phone number, just in case.

Don’t Forget the Permission Slip!

The all-powerful permission slip is their ticket onto the bus, and without it, your child could be left behind. So, set a reminder to fill it out and get it in on time. And it won’t hurt to double check with your child to make sure that he or she remembered to turn it in.

Talk to Your Child Beforehand

Going over the details of the field trip with your child is a great way to ensure safety and make sure he or she has a good idea of what to expect. Make sure he or she knows your cell phone number and is aware of all the details of the trip (i.e. where they are going and when, how many stops are involved, who is chaperoning, etc.).

Packing

Your child’s teacher should provide a list of recommended or required items for your child to bring along. This should include whether or not to pack a lunch, whether or not they need additional cash to get in, and/or whether or not to send along any additional items (e.g. a bathing suit and sunscreen if it’s a beach trip, sturdy shoes if the trip involves hiking, etc.). It’s also a good idea to check the weather close to the day of the trip, just in case you might need to send them off with an umbrella, rain jacket, or extra layer of clothing.

Here are a few additional items you might consider packing:

Finally – Talk to Your Child Afterward

Reviewing the trip with your kids will help keep them engaged in the learning experience. After the trip, ask them what they saw and did on the trip, why they think they went, what they learned and what they liked/didn’t like about it. This will reinforce their knowledge and memories of the trip, and help them retain the information they gained.

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Best Cruise Trips for Spring Break

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Get Ready for Spring Break with These Can’t-Miss Cruises

Spring break is right around the corner. Do you have your plans nailed down yet? If you’re looking for something truly special this year, check out some of the best cruises on the market. With stellar deals and some exotic destinations, exploring the open seas on a cruise ship is the best way to spend your spring break. Take a look at our top picks for spring break 2017.

7-Night Caribbean Cruise – Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises was recently named the cruise line with the most value, helping you get more bang for your buck. This 7-night cruise through the Caribbean is just too good to ignore. At just $93 a night, you can’t miss with this vacation. It takes you through all of the most notable ports throughout the Caribbean including Basseterre, St. Kitts, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Frederiksted, St. Croix. The accommodations are spacious and the staff is friendly. Celebrity Cruises consistently ranks as one of the best cruise lines in the world, offering a superior travel experience. The ship departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you can get there, this cruise won’t leave you disappointed.

3-Day Bahamas (Miami Round-trip) – Norwegian Cruises

Norwegian Cruises is known for being one of the most laid-back cruise lines, with their friendly staff and anything-goes attitude. You can do everything on the cruise ship at your own pace. There aren’t any strict rules or schedules for you to worry about. You can explore the ship and the Bahamas anyway you see fit. The ship stops off in Nassau, giving you the chance to explore some stunning white sandy beaches, 18th Century fortresses on the island, and so much more. Affordable and packed full of fun activities, this is the perfect way to celebrate spring break.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean – Carnival Cruises

Departing from Miami, FL, this cruise is a true bargain with prices starting at just $72 a night. You’ll get to spend some time at Half Moon Cay, a private island that’s run by the cruise line itself. You’ll also swing by San Juan, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk Island, and more. The cruise ship is full to the brim with lavish onboard activities and indulgences including several pubs and restaurants, a comedy club, and numerous interactive games. Overall, you’ll get a thorough tour of the Bahamas with multiple stops along the way.

7-Night Alaska Inside Passage – Holland America Line

Never underestimate the beauty of Alaska. While your first instinct might be to head somewhere tropical during spring break, a scenic cruise through the rapidly changing contours of Alaska is a thrilling alternative. You’ll pass through a number of notable cities and ports in the state such as Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau. You get to leave from Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, which is a treat all by itself. Once you’re on board, you’ll see gorgeous views of the northern coastline, remote landscapes, and hopefully plenty of wildlife.

Nothing ruins a cruise faster than sea sickness. Make sure to pack a bottle of Motioneaze in your suitcase for added peace of mind. All natural, Motioneaze can help relieve your seasickness symptoms in just a few minutes.

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5 Tips for a Great Motion Sickness-Free Family Road Trip

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We’ve all heard different tricks that people use to combat motion sickness while traveling; everything from chewing gum to looking out at far away objects near the horizon, and everything in between is supposed to help. However, the truth of the matter is that what helps one person many not do anything at all to relieve symptoms that another is feeling.

It’s best to remember that prevention is best, but it isn’t always possible. Following are some of the best tips around for preventing and relieving motion sickness for everyone during the great family road trip:

Mind the Foods You Eat Beforehand: According to Dr. Robert Stern from Penn State University, it’s imperative that people not travel on empty stomachs. That being said, however, you shouldn’t fill the hump with greasy, fatty foods, either. Those greasy foods will contribute to nausea; instead, any low-fat meal that is small will help. Take along healthy foods and snacks to munch on every couple of hours like ginger ale, water, and dry crackers.

Clear Up Sinus Congestion: Being congested not only can make people feel out of sorts, but it can also make motion sickness worse. Add that to a lack of sleep that often comes with congestion, and you’ve got a recipe for queasiness and nausea. Before leaving for a trip, try to manage sinus congestion and make sure sinuses are cleared to prevent unbearable car sickness.

Stock Up on Ginger: Although ginger doesn’t help everyone who needs relief, there is evidence that it is effective in the treatment of nausea and upset stomach. Some people even swear by it. Stock up on ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger tablets, and ginger candy, which are all available at grocery and convenience stores. It’s recommended that people take a 250mg dose of ginger in a capsule up to three times a day during traveling. Ginger works to reduce nausea, vasopressin release, and tachygastric activity. You can also try peppermint.

Conventional Medications: People can find motion sickness relief with prescription and over-the-counter medicines, but be aware there are various side effects that must be considered. Many of them cause drowsiness, which can be dangerous if you are the one driving during your family road trip. Other side effects can include dry mouth, blurred vision, and more.

Natural Alternatives: If the thought of all the side effects deters you from using conventional medications, and you want something that is natural but equally effective, you may want to consider using something like Motioneaze. This natural remedy can help relieve symptoms in as little as five minutes, and there are no side effects, either. Motioneaze can be given preventatively or even after symptoms have started. It is available over the counter at retailers or online and is great for children and adults.

When motion sickness is tackled in advance of a family road trip, preparations are made, and possible problems are addressed ahead of time, the entire family will have the best and most memorable trip possible. Everyone deserves relief from motion sickness for the trip of a lifetime!

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10 Must-Have Items to Bring on a Cruise

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A cruise is a great way to see the world in style. But it also comes with some very specific circumstances that you might not encounter on other types of vacations. And for that reason, packing for a cruise is a bit different than packing for normal travel. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser, or it’s your first time setting foot on a ship, this handy list will help make your trip a success:

1.   Sun Protection

From poolside lounging to stops at various beach resorts along the way, your cruise is going to include a lot of time in the sun. But, while this seems like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how many first-time cruisers forget to pack basic sun protection items such as sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.

2. Power Strip

These days, travel involves lugging around a multitude of different electronic devices. So, if you’re planning on bringing your smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras and or/gaming devices for the kids, you’re probably going to want some extra available outlets to keep them charged throughout your cruise.

3. Backup Chargers/Batteries

There’s nothing as disappointing as stumbling onto an amazing photo opportunity only to find that your phone or camera has gone dead. So, while you’re packing up your power strip, don’t forget to also pack your chargers and back-up chargers, as well as some extra batteries for your digital camera.

4.   Extra Storage

Even if you book a relatively large cabin, you might still find the need for additional storage and organization. We recommend bringing along things like door-hanging shoe organizers or extra clothes hangers to help avoid losing and misplacing items and clothes while on board.

5.   Medicine

If you take regular medication, make sure you have a failproof method for reminding yourself to bring it along, because procuring specialty meds can be extremely difficult while travelling. But even if you aren’t on any prescription medications, it’s still a good idea to pack a few common over the counter meds, such as aspirin and flu medicine just in case. The ship’s boutique or medical center will have most of these things, but they are likely to be much more expensive on board than they are at home.

6.   Motion Sickness Remedies

Motion-sickness can seriously derail your fun on a cruise. And it can strike just about anyone. Plenty of people who never experienced seasickness or motion-sickness before have found themselves feeling queasy during the first days of a cruise. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring along a reliable remedy such as Motioneaze, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. Better safe than sorry.

7.   Extra Luggage

You never know what you might find on your travels. But with multiple destinations in store on any cruise, chances are you’ll come across some irresistible clothes, knick-knacks and souvenirs along the way. So, make sure you bring an extra bag with you for transporting all your newfound goodies.

8.   Footwear options

Comfortable shoes are a must for everyday wear on any cruise. But don’t forget that cruising involves a lot of different scenarios. There are beach days, pool days, formal dining evenings and everything in-between. So, it’s a good idea to bring at least two types of footwear (dress shoes and sneakers) as well as some appropriate water friendly options (flip-flops, boat shoes etc.).

9.   Ear Plugs

From the engine room, to the ship’s nightclub, to the other guests sawing logs in the next room, cruise ships come with a lot of extra noise you might not be used to at home. If you’re a light sleeper, make sure to pick up some ear plugs before you take to the sea.

10. Drinks & Special food items

Wine, beer and cocktails tend to be a bit on the pricey side on cruise ships. So, if you like a glass of wine before bed or while you’re relaxing in your cabin, and you want to save a few bucks, we recommend bringing a bottle or two of your own. But don’t forget your wine key! And if you’re not a drinker, you might want to bring a special snack item you can’t go without or perhaps a child food item that your little ones love. Sometimes we don’t think of these items until we are already on board.

While this list will help get you started, it is by no means complete. So, try to come up with a few of your own must-have items and check them against this list to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered before disembarking on your next journey. Bon voyage!

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