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Stabilizing Our Lives by Focusing on the Horizon

    As I prepared for a recent Alaskan cruise vacation, I was thinking about what to pack and how to avoid being sea sick. In my preparation, I looked into the causes and cures for motion sickness.

    Motion sickness can occur when riding in a car, boat, plane, train or amusement park ride. It is also known as sea sickness or car sickness. It can strike suddenly, progressing from a feeling of restlessness to a cold sweat, dizziness, nausea and then vomiting.

    Motion sickness is related to our sense of balance, equilibrium, spatial orientation, or how we sense our environment. Our bodies sense what direction we are pointing, what direction we are moving, and if we are turning or standing still.

    Our sense of balance is maintained by a complex interaction of the following parts of the body: inner ears, eyes, joints, spine, muscles, brain and spinal cord. The symptoms of motion sickness appear when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the other systems.

    You can reduce motion sickness by choosing a seat that is less likely to experience a rocking action. It also helps if you're riding in the front seat facing forward, or if possible, driving the vehicle. Always ride where your eyes will see the same motion that your body and inner ears feel. Motion sickness may quiet down as soon as the motion stops. The more you travel, the more easily you'll adjust.

    When I was on the cruise ship, I spoke with a passenger, Rick, who was wearing wristbands to prevent him from being sea sick. He attributed his sensitivity to motion sickness to an inner ear problem. He told me that the wristbands put pressure on points of his inner wrists and utilized acupuncture principles. Rick wasn't sure how acupuncture worked, but wanted to reduce the risk of being sea sick during the cruise with his wife. So far the bands had worked. We also discussed the oral medications and the medicated patches that other passengers were wearing behind their ears to prevent sea sickness.

    Rick explained that oftentimes he got motion sickness while riding as a passenger in a car. He prevented motion sickness by driving the car and looking out far ahead down the road while he was driving.

    It occurred to me that Rick's discussion about motion sickness was related to how we can best deal with troubles in our lives. This analogy led me to think about how we need to be the driver of our lives, and focus on the horizon more often when problems present themselves.

    If we have the mindset that we are the captain of our own ship, and in control of our lives, we are more likely to steer ourselves into calmer waters. We become less anxious when we feel we have control of our destiny. We try to keep our lives in balance rather than spinning out of control.

    If we look into the distance or view the big picture, rather than at the turbulence in our lives that immediately surrounds us, we may be able to better weather temporarily instability. Look ahead. Don't look back. Move ahead. See calmer seas. Focus on future stability not on the rocky times we may be currently experiencing.

    � Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

    Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a speaker and writer. To book her to speak at a conference, or to subscribe to her free monthly inspirational column, go to: Rosemarie Speaks

    Rosemarie conducts presentations that bring out the best in people, to help them achieve goals, and take charge of their lives. Rosemarie helps her audiences discover their inner strength. Her core message is focused on sharing information, strategies, and life lessons that provide the tools to LIVE LIFE WITH CONVICTION.

    She is the author of �Take Back Your Life!� and is Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2004.

    Rosemarie would like to receive your comments about the impact her article has made on your life. Write her at: Rosemarie@RosemarieSpeaks.com