Getting sick during the holidays is nothing to sneeze about. The stress of the season alone can run you down, but mix that with a boatload of human interaction at, say, the airport, and you’ve got a recipe for an old-fashioned cold.
People are more likely to catch the common cold during the fall and winter thanks to being indoors and in contact with more people — like on planes, trains, and buses. Now factor in that guy sitting next to you who can’t stop coughing and the lady a few rows back who sneezed without covering her nose. Feeling feverish yet?
Here’s how to ensure you give something better than one of the 200 viruses known to cause colds this holiday season.
One of the easiest ways to compromise your immune system is to stress out. And what’s more stressful than holiday travel? Aside from giving yourself more than enough time when getting to and from airports or train stations, making sure your gas tank is full, and preparing yourself mentally to spend time with family (kidding–sort of), there are a few non-prescription things you can stash in your bag to help you keep your cool. Essential oils are a great for promoting calmness. Look for a blend that contains lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, or bergamot and one that can be rolled right onto your temples, wrists, and forehead. You can also pop a Rescue Remedy Pastille in your mouth and chew your way to sanity, and download an app that reminds you to take deep, calming breaths periodically.