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.
This aromatherapeutic blend of rose, frankincense, and neroli is at once grounding and uplifting. Keep one rollerball in your desk drawer and another in your purse.
With everything else going on, motion sickness is one stress you definitely shouldn't have to deal with. Nip it in the bud with one of these natural ginger chews, which are highly reviewed for a reason.
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.
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.)
Ideal for less-than-comfortable middle seat situations, this sleep mask is infused with lavender for additional relaxation.
Another handbag staple, we love pressing this minty blend into our pressure points for instant headache relief.
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.