Anyone who has experienced prolonged nausea knows that awful doesn’t even begin to describe it. As with many other persistent conditions, the thing can start to take on a life of its own, dominating your thoughts and actions. Simple tasks like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and even brushing your teeth can seem insurmountable.
Over the past several years, I have worked with countless individuals struggling with nausea, including more severe cases involving chemotherapy patients as well as expectant mothers with hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme and debilitating nausea and vomiting beyond normal morning sickness). Below I’ve put together a list of tactics that have been helpful. Of course, no single to-do list will work for everyone; some strategies work famously for some and send others bolting for the bathroom. If you or one of your loved ones is struggling with nausea, I hope this list will give you some effective strategies to try. If you have any you’d like to add, please do so in the comments!