Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Work-life balance: Commuting (for the eyes)

I have an unfortunate problem. I have always been a voracious reader, and would happily read everywhere I went. As I've gotten older, though, I've found it more and more difficult to read in moving vehicles without getting motion sickness. I remember being ecstatic when discovering on a school bus trip that I could read on busses with no trouble. Sadly, these days, I can only read nausea-free on airplanes.

I want to try and fix this. So far, I've been relying on my iPod (and makeup application, oops) to entertain me during my commute. I sit and chill out, listening to music and letting my mind wander. Though this is fine sometimes, my iPod doesn't have the greatest battery life anymore, and I feel like spending 2-3 hours a day just listening to music isn't very productive.

It's time to teach myself to read on the bus. I've read about various methods here and there, but I think I'm going to try reading for a few minutes at a time until I feel queasy, stop until I feel better, and then start again. If that doesn't work, I'm prepared to delve into weirder solutions like blocking my view of the outside, bringing a bag of salty foods to smell, and reading really engrossing books.

And if all else fails, maybe I'll give meditation a whirl. If it works for Thich Nhat Hanh... ()


  1. been sifting through your blog a bit.. it's cute!

  2. Audiobooks! I have the same problem, and reading audiobooks is one of the things that has solved it. And the best part is that I also listen to audiobooks when I work out, so I'm multitasking during a workout (the nerd in me love that)! I personally prefer listening to non-fiction, sometimes I find a fiction audiobook to be either challenging to follow, or read more slowly than I would like (dialogue is tough). But I've read almost all of Malcolm Gladwell's books on audiobook, and prefer it vastly!

  3. my sister has that same problem. that sucks for you! good luck with your solutions! they make little ginger candies that are supposed to help with nausea.

  4. Thanks, Morgan! Glad you like it. :)

    I'm actually posting about that tomorrow, Becca! I just have to find some audiobooks to try. The tip about fiction vs. nonfiction is a good one - I hadn't considered that dialogue might be a problem. Thanks!

    It really does, two birds. :( I'll keep y'all posted on how things go. I might give ginger a shot, though I'd need to find something sugar-free...