by Amy Medling, founder of PCOS Diva
There is no greater gift than self-care. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you choose a few of these items for yourself or for a loved one, I guarantee, they’ll be a hit. Share this list with the gift-givers in your life. A little hint goes a long way (at my house at least).
I have tried lots of sleep masks over the years, but this one is my current favorite. Sleep masks have helped me get my best night’s sleep and have been shown in studies to increase melatonin levels which is helpful for women with PCOS! This mask makes a great stocking stuffer.
It isn’t a secret that I love baths. I like to make my own bath salts, but I also love Dr. Teal’s bath soaks. My favorite scents are Restore and Replenish which is made with relaxing and re-energizing orange oil and bergamot. Of course the lavender scented soak is perfect for relieving anxiety and preparing for sleep.
PCOS Divas love their early morning routines. This alarm clock makes it so much easier to get out of bed with a simulated sunrise and the sound of birds chirping.
These glasses have helped my sleep improve. I pop these on in the evening to avoid blue light from screens and the environment which mess up my circadian rhythm.
This book from National Geographic is filled with beautiful photography and quotes. It sits on my desk and flipping through it is part of my morning routine. I’ve used this book for years, and it is still my favorite place for inspirational quotes. There are several books in the series – Daily Gratitude, Daily Calm, Daily Love, and more.
I don’t think there is a day that goes by where I don’t use my single serving Bee House Teapot. Tea is so healing for PCOS, and this little teapot is truly one of my favorite things.
I’ve recently discovered this amazing tumbler that I can now no longer live without. It keeps my morning smoothie fresh and cold for hours, so I can sip on it slowly. The tumbler includes a lid, stainless steel straw, and the essential brush for straw cleaning. I have the 20 oz size for my smoothies and the larger 32 oz size for warm water and lemon. It keeps it warm for hours even in the car on cold blustery days.
Spearmint and green tea are both helpful for women with PCOS. These organic tea crystals mix instantly in hot or cold water and are triple screened for toxins and impurities. No tea bags and no steeping is required. Simply tear, mix, and drink. Pique is also offering a Holiday Gift Bundle with a large assortment of their teas which I’ve purchased for several friends this year.
I love my Spire. Like many women with PCOS, I’m prone to daily anxiety and stress. This wonderful little gadget monitors my breathing, alerts me when it is shallow, and reminds me to take a mindful moment and breathe amid life’s business. It helps me to manage my breathing, which in turn helps me manage my stress and anxiety.
This is still the gold standard for at-home laser hair removal. I received my Tria as a gift many years ago and have loved it ever since. You can read about my experience with the Tria here. This is a great gift for women struggling with hirsutism (if you have light skin and dark hair).
I only use perfume spray or essential oil blends that are free from parabens, phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors. Gardenia are my favorite flower, and I love this spray. I always receive compliments when I wear it.
Who doesn’t love a beautifully scented candle? But I want to make sure that I use candles that have a clean burn, with a metal-free wicks, and are phthalate free. That is why I love Illume candles. Winter White is my new favorite scent.
This light helps to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and circadian rhythm disruptions which many women with PCOS have. This lamp has made my winters much brighter!
Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of my book Healing PCOS.
Amy Medling, best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.