7 Smart Products to Help You Stop Stressing Out, Right This Second
Anticipating the good cheer and family shenanigans of the holiday season is one thing; preparing yourself for the inevitable horrific travel conditions is quite another. With the probability of bumper-to-bumper traffic, long security lines, and flights delayed or grounded due to adverse weather conditions at an all-time high, optimism that you'll evade it all isn't enough—it's best to be prepared.
Fortunately for us, finding alternative methods to curb stress and anxiety has become something of a (long-awaited) trend: There's a whole crop of products (and apps!) devoted to calming the mind and body in seconds, no matter where you are. So while we're only wishing you the best as you head off on your holiday travels, on the off-chance that there's an overnight stay at an airport gate future, we've got you covered.
Keep scrolling to find out how to curb stress on the go.
Color Me Mindful Birds ($11)
There's a lot of science to back up the adult coloring book craze: Research shows that in addition to putting the brain into a meditative state, coloring also reduces your body's stress hormone levels—exactly what you need when they've announced that your flight will be delayed two hours… for the third time.
Sun Potion Mucuna Pruriens ($37)
Team Byrdie swears by a pinch of this stuff when the work grind is getting all too real. Mucuna pruriens is an adaptogenic herb, which means that it helps regulate your body's stress hormones when they're skyrocketing. Add a teaspoon to tea or almond milk, and you'll feel your mood boost and focus sharpen within minutes. (The "dopamine bean" nickname is definitely well-deserved.)
Aquarian Soul + Earth Oils Headache Magic ($12)
Another handbag staple, we love pressing this minty blend into our pressure points for instant headache relief.
Breathing Zone Mindfulness App ($3)
There are lots of mindfulness apps, but Breathing Zone is one of the very best. You'll feel the stress melt away with every guided inhale and exhale.