To-do lists are often equated with stress and busyness, but this round-up of recommendations is designed to wind you down when your period arrives. Here’s what to watch, read, listen to, buy, and do for some maximized downtime during that time of this month.
With summer comes an innate desire to go and do—between the weather, the freedom, and the FOMO, the urge to enjoy life to the fullest is real. The risk, however, is letting restful practices fall by the wayside in the face of fun, leading to burnout and exhaustion. Periods, though often dreaded, can provide an excuse to relax, catch up on media, and lean (or collapse) into the downy bed of self-care, recouping and allowing yourself space to just be. Read on for Pill Club’s picks for July, each designed to help you take a real summer break, no matter how big or small.
A reimagining of the popular 2007 television show—based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar—the new Gossip Girl reboot features a larger, more diverse cast of wealthy, mischief-making teens taking on Manhattan in an age saturated in social media. Stream it this month on HBO Max. Xoxo.
This new novel is already gaining acclaim for its blend of humor and fear. Grady Hendrix’s fast-paced story explores the concept (and strength) of the “final girl,” or the last lady standing in a horror movie, through the lens of Lynette Tarkington, a survivor of a massacre who joins a support group to cope with the experience, only to find that even that may not be a safe space. Enjoy this summertime page-turner in bed or on the beach.
Britney Spears is back in the news in a big way after taking to the stand in an attempt to remove her father from a 13-year conservatorship that the pop icon deems controlling and abusive. The ongoing story—and accompanying outcry—is a reckoning in regard to how women are treated in the public eye. In the eight-episode podcast Pieces of Britney, journalist Pandora Sykes unpacks the story, along with our collective baggage around powerful women, our judgements and expectations, and their freedom.
Give your sun-kissed skin some nourishment with this body oil from Herbivore. A blend of natural oils—camellia flower, grapeseed, jasmine sambac—and vitamin A moisturizes and renews, ensuring your limbs stay luminous all summer long. For an added bonus, treat yourself to a self-massage, the perfect self-care practice to adopt during menstruation.
Just because you’re keeping low-key, doesn’t mean you need to avoid the summer sunshine! Whether it’s a walk in the woods (or around the block), a picnic at the park, or a nap in your own backyard, fresh air and vitamin D will keep you vital as you rejuvenate.