Airports are stressful places. Cancelled flights, lost luggage, traffic, and changing TSA regulations are common enough any frequent traveler is bound to run into some anxiety-producing situation. And while weather and mechanical problems are not in your control, your mood is. We spoke with wellness expert Dr. Deepa Verma of Synergistiq Integrative Health for a few healthful strategies that can equip globetrotters to create pockets of relaxation before and during their travels, which is important for more than just your mental state. “Reducing travel stress helps the immune system function optimally, which can prevent you from getting sick on your journey,” she says. “Who wants the nuisance of a cold or sinus infection when you’re traveling? The burden of stress also decreases your awareness and productivity,” which is problematic whether you’re flying for work or pleasure.