These research-proven stress-busters help you decompress and get on with enjoying your trip.

Travel often goes hand in hand with stress but there’s no reason to let it ruin your trip. A few simple strategies can help you relax and keep focused on what really matters, whether you’re traveling for business (that big presentation!) or pleasure (that long-planned vacation!). The next time you’re feeling stressed, try:

A bite of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can stabilize metabolism and regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And it takes only 1.4 ounces to calm your nerves.

A cup of green tea. Green tea contains the amino acid L-Theanine, a chemical that can help relieve anger.

A stick of gum. A few minutes of chewing can help reduce anxiety and lower cortisol levels. Pick your favorite flavor and enjoy.

Five minutes of meditation. What better way to finally relax in the comfort of your hotel room? Have a seat and spend five minutes with your eyes closed, focused only on your breathing (in for a count of four, out for a count of four) while letting go of other thoughts. There’s evidence that just two quick bouts of silent meditation per day can relieve stress and depression.

A little progressive relaxation. Tense then release each set of muscles one at a time from head to toe to achieve a state of calm. It’s a great way to ease into sleep if you’re feeling stressed at bedtime.


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