If you’re battling the stress of holiday travel — or the stress of hosting holiday travelers — take a few moments for some self-care.
Here are a few essential items that will help you sleep and exercise better, relax more fully and simply feel better so you can truly enjoy the holidays.
It’s a splurge, but cashmere is the ultimate cozy companion for a much-needed nap. It brings a touch of luxury to a coach airplane seat. Or just imagine wrapping up in it while you sip on hot tea and write in your gratitude journal.
KINDLE PAPERWHITE E-READER
Unplug from the TV and social media and catch up on your reading list. The latest version of this smart reader can be held in one hand and is water-resistant for leisurely soaks in the tub. And the light weight makes it a breeze to tote an array of books to your destination.
SPIKY MASSAGE BALLS
Feeling some muscle tension? Rolling spiky massage balls under the feet helps with circulation and cramps that may occur from air travel (or power shopping). Use the wall as an aid to roll them down your back, working out lingering kinks.
Nothing says “it’s time to relax” more than donning a super-soft robe — especially after a bubble bath or steam-room visit.
ROSE QUARTZ CRYSTAL FACIAL ROLLER
Face rollers have been used since the 17th century to battle under-eye circles, puffiness and poor circulation. Basically, it’s a mini-massage for your face that promotes lymphatic drainage, and it feels really good.
Be both comfortable and stylish on the plane — and cuddled up with a book in front of the fireplace — with athleisure clothing that does double duty as workout wear and lounge wear.
SILK PILLOW AND EYE MASK
Silk is far gentler on hair and skin than cotton, so upgrade to a luxe silk travel pillow and matching eye mask. Silk is also less absorbent than cotton, so won’t pull as much moisture from your skin, helping it recover more quickly from dry airplane cabin air.
LAVENDER SHOWER SPRAY
Turn your home or hotel shower into a calming sensory experience with a bottle of lavender shower spray. Simply let the water get steamy and spray a few bursts of the product near the showerhead. The scent will mix with the steam, creating a wonderfully soothing bathroom environment. Bonus: Lavender is known for its sleep-inducing properties, so this is an excellent way to unwind before bed.
GINGER GUMMY HEARTS
Make an effort to ward off germs with a big dose of vitamins B and C. And ginger is hyped for benefits like regulating digestion and blood sugar, something we all need this time of year.