PCOS and Your Environment
You may be very familiar with what you can do to preserve the environment, such as recycling and using less fuel. If so, you probably also realize that your actions will affect future generations – but what are the benefits now? Earlier this week a company called “Preserve®” partnered with a company called “Recycle®” and launched a free iPhone app that offers people ways to preserve the earth. In return users are rewarded with discounts and deals from local and national businesses.
When I read this news article, I couldn’t help but think about the connection between PCOS and our “personal” environment. For example, if you have PCOS, there are ways to control your personal environment that will have huge benefits. Some will be immediate and others will take longer, but the results will be impressive!
Environment is defined as “the circumstances, conditions, or objects by which one is surrounded”. Now, think of your personal environment such as your personal space, those who surround you; including family and friends, the fuel that gives your body energy, the way your body uses this fuel to move, as well as factors in your environment that influence whether you feel relaxed or stressed. Being able to control your environment will not only positively impact how you deal with PCOS; it can lessen symptoms.
- Learn about PCOS: If you understand what’s going on with your body and why, your symptoms won’t be so mysterious or stressful. It’s a lot easier to accept that you have a certain condition or diagnosis if you can learn to advocate for yourself. You can do this by being involved in your medical care and treatment.
- Surround yourself with people who care and support you. Having family and friends, and others in your environment you can count on for love and support is essential when coping with a health problem such as PCOS.
- Fuel your body with “PCOS-friendly” foods. Choose foods with a low-glycemic index including high-fiber and protein. Avoid sugary foods and simply carbohydrates such as white bread, cookies, and sweets.
- Move your body more: Take every opportunity to get physical activity; whether it’s walking more, taking an exercise class, dancing, or doing another favorite activity – “just do it”.
- De-stress your environment: Start by organizing your bedroom and de-cluttering. Keep your school agenda/calendar up to date and if you’re on a roll, clean out your school locker too! A tidy environment reduces stress and helps you focus on important things.
Although these suggestions won’t “cure” your PCOS, the benefits of improving your environment are very real!