Wondering how to survive mercury retrograde? Your survival kit

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

You'd have had to have been living under a rock to have missed that mercury is in retrograde. Many believe that the astrological phenomenon brings a season of, in short, bad vibes - poor decision-making, travel delays, and even confusing messages from the likes of your ex. So if you're wondering how to deal with the onslaught - we've got all the reinforcements for you.

As you've likely come to know (and fear), mercury retrograde season quite literally means that the planet starts travelling backwards in the sky. The astrologically inclined believe that down here, we can experience the equivalent - in a word, chaos. (Think being late to a meeting with your boss and then dropping your phone to top it all off, so now you can't even scroll Instagram through the cracked screen).

While I try not to expect the worse, five hours into mercury retrograde season, my laptop stopped working and my ex popped up on my now cracked phone screen. Yes, really... So I'm not inclined to think of it as a coincidence anymore.

Following the drama of four Mercury retrograde seasons last year. You might think you'd be more prepared for chaos by now, but let's be honest: no one likes things taking a turn for the worse (or things breaking).

It's not all doom and gloom, though. The good news? There are plenty of ways to cope with mercury being in retrograde, including this tool-kit-come-survival-guide we've pulled together for you.

As much as we'd all love to hibernate indoors and curl up binging on Netflix until it's over, life goes on. So instead, we've rounded up the best protection for your tech (yes, tech is meant to go awry during this time), self-care tools to soothe your soul, and calming positivity products, to boot.

Mercury retrograde ends on 18th January - shop our favourite products to get you through below. Happy shopping. And, breathe...

How to survive mercury retrograde: your survival kit

As astrologer Jake Register explained to Skin Proud, "This retrograde is in the sign of Capricorn, known for being the sign of structure and routine. The result? A retrograde in which all of the signs are likely to endure struggles with their daily routines and forget to take good enough care of themselves".

Mercury retrograde can be pretty intense, from ex's coming back to your daily routine. If your ex does come back on the scene, read our guide on what to do when your ex texts you.

Or, if you're just keen to boost self-care in prep, scroll the below.

Protect the tech

Tired of broken phone screens, chargers and laptops failing? The below might help.

Make self-care a priority

With all the cosmic drama going on up there, making you feel out of sorts down here, utilising your go-to self-care ideas has never been more important. Make yourself a priority by allowing time for meditation and a cheeky face mask (or two).

Cleanse your space

You can feel the vibe is off, and need to somehow bring it back. This is where soothing scents come in - an easy way to calm your mind and boost your mood. Bring on the candles, diffusers and sage sticks.

Treat yourself

If mercury retrograde is causing you complete chaos, then you definitely deserve a little treat, or two.

Dionne Brighton

Dionne Brighton is a writer at Marie Claire UK, specialising in all things shopping, beauty and fashion. Born and raised in North London, she studied Literature at the University of East Anglia before taking the leap into journalism. These days, you can find her testing out the latest TikTok beauty trends or finding out what the next full Moon means.