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What can I do to better self soothe or cope when nauseas? I have been severely afraid of vomiting ever since I gained consciousness at like 5ish. I have also always been a generally anxious kid (hence the asd), but I grew out of a lot of my phobias with time and proper exposure. I get sick fairly frequently whether from food or virus, 2-5 periods of throwing up per year, none if I’m lucky and skip a year of stomach bug. But I can’t handle the anxiety when I’m worried I’m about to throw up. The adrenaline makes it all so much worse. I rock back and forth and stim and yawn repetitively to help, and I take stomach meds when needed/helpful. Does anyone else have experience with emetophobia (and maybe also asd or even anxiety) or have tips for how to self soothe when nauseas/worried ab throwing up?

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    • Jazzyj1448

      366d

      Here's what I do: lie down with my head slightly propped up and be really still. Get a fan and have it blow onto your face. Try to take deep breaths and focus your attention on something other than throwing up. There's a pressure point on your wrist right below the joint that you can rub as well.

    • Jazzyj1448

      366d

      Here's what I do: lie down with my head slightly propped up and be really still. Get a fan and have it blow onto your face. Try to take deep breaths and focus your attention on something other than throwing up. There's a pressure point on your wrist right below the joint that you can rub as well.

    • Motley

      367d

      I second gum and peppermints, they're really helpful. Also heat pad on the stomach (if you're not already feeling too hot) and chewable pepto bismol tablets, just don't take those every day. I also do guided muscle relaxations which can help relax your stomach and clear your head if you are able to focus on it. I can't even imagine ving 2-5 times a year, Ive only done it maybe once in the past 10 years.

      • Del97

        367d

        @Motley for some reason it’s validating that the amount of times I do it would be hard for you bc it’s exhausting I’ll think I’m fine Ans then the second I’m nauseas I’m panicking and all of the trauma of previous stomach events come up too… I will try the peppermints I didn’t think about that!

    • bumbling

      368d

      Chewing gum or sucking on a hard peppermint helps me a lot. As well as drinking water very slowly.

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Some suggestions to cope with emetophobia and nausea include taking anxiety medications, rationalizing the situation by considering factors like recent exposure to sick people or unusual food intake, distracting yourself with activities like coloring or watching a movie, and using over-the-counter remedies like ginger candies or Dramamine. It's important to remember that everyone's experience is different, so finding what works best for you may take some trial and error.

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