How to Handle the Roller Coaster That Is Life When You’re Prone to Motion Sickness

Or, the mindset I believe everyone should adopt.

If you’re anything like me, your activities and surroundings play a huge role in determining whether your hyper-sensitive tummy is happy, settled and functioning properly or if it’s queasy and unable to hold anything down.

Unfortunately, this is just a part of my reality.

But fortunately for me/us, I’ve slowly learned how to live with and manage this issue. And now, I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

Plus, I’m sure this wisdom can be applied to more than just upset stomachs ;)


According to WebMD, motion sickness occurs when one part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) senses that your body is moving, but the other parts don’t.

That said, motion sickness appears to be a natural occurring phenomenon and there doesn’t appear to be a cure for this nuisance. The only available solutions are more of preventative measures than actual cures to the problem itself.

The same applies to the feelings you get when you’re riding the roller coaster of life.


Regardless of who you are, life will never be easy. There will be highs, lows, and everything in between. Sometimes, the highs will abruptly follow the lows (and vice versa). Sometimes, the ride will take (un)expected twists and turns and dips and doodles.

It’s bound to make even the strongest of the strong question their sanity.

Life, like roller coaster rides, is not for the faint of heart.

Which is why if you’re prone to motion sickness (like I am), you have two main options:

1. Avoid the ride altogether/live a little less dangerously.
or
2. Anticipate (as best as you can) how unpredictable the ride’s going to be, take whatever preventative measures you can to avoid the sickness, go on the ride, try to enjoy yourself as much as possible, and carry a barf bag in case your lunch doesn’t stay down.

In the end, preparation, anticipation, perception, and risk aversion will make all the difference in the world.

For some of us, avoiding rides altogether is the best bet to ensure a good time is had. For others, amusement rides are a source of thrill and exhilaration.

Whichever type of person you are, just remember that life is very much a roller coaster and when you have no other option but to ride it, the best option is to make the best of the situation and prepare yourself on what’s to come.

We can always say no to the ride, but it’s not that simple in real life.

I guess when you have no other options, the only left to do is

hope for the best, prepare for the worst.