Our 5 Favourite Cosy Products For Winter With Chronic Illness

By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

Winter is the time of year that I just want to hibernate and wait for Spring. The cold weather makes my joints aches and the short days just make me feel sleepy all the time. Here are some products that I personally use to make this time of year a bit more cosy and comfortable.

1 Owl Heat Pad

My microwavable owl hat pad ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

I’m a sucker for anything that is owl themed and people just can’t stop buying me these microwavable owl heat pads. ‘Do you need an owl?‘ is now a common phrase in my house. Although, it does make me sad to see his little face going round and round in the microwave. Stays hot for a decent amount of time and does not burn your skin like other heat pads. The lavender scent does fade after a while. Great for endo pain and the annoying neck pain that comes with my POTS.

Get your own owl here (other colours available) https://amzn.to/31XciND

2 Totoro Cape

Totoro cape ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

When I’m not wearing my husband’s hoody, I’m wearing this Totoro cape and pretending that I live in a forest with all my sprite friends. I like the way that the hood is his face and it also doubles up as an easy fancy-dress party costume. The fabric is soft, easy to wash and of good quality.

Get your own cute cape here https://amzn.to/31VXlvp

3 V-Shaped Pillow

My v-shaped pillow with custom cover ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

My v-shaped pillow is a godsend. It helps me to stay upright when I’m having a bad POTS day and I can’t support my own head. I made my own pillowcase as those for v-shaped pillows are usually plain and boring. This pillow means that I can sit up in bed and read (or scroll though Instagram) instead of snoozing the day away.

Get your own pillow here https://amzn.to/32YsJdR

4 Sleepytime Tea

Clipper Sleep Easy tea bags ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

I love having a hot drink before bed, especially in the cold winter months. Unfortunately, I find that hot chocolate is too sugary and sets off my tachycardia if I have it before bed. I just love this cinnamon based blend by Clipper and their bags are now completely plastic free! It really does help me to sleep better.

Get a 4 pack here https://amzn.to/2JtL1Mw

5 Snuggie Blanket

A snugly blanket with sleeves and little pockets for your feet. I too was sceptical when I was gifted this blanket by my well meaning husband. Did I need a new blanket? Yes. Did I want to be the owner of a blanket with sleeves? No. However, I was a convert after just one use. This blanket is warm and cosy and even has a pocket for your phone. It is perfect for those days when you have to lie flat, but you don’t want to be in bed anymore. Another plus is that it comes in a variety of colours to match your home decor.

Get your own blanket with sleeves here https://amzn.to/31YGIiq

What are your favourite products that help you survive the winter months with chronic illness?

Thank you for reading to the end of this post! Our debut ebook ‘The Reluctant Spoonie’s Guide to Living with POTS‘ is out now and contains all the tips and tricks you need to live well with POTS. Get it on Amazon Kindle here. You can also support us and our advocacy work by visiting our Etsy shop.


  1. Jorja

    Hey! I loooove so much my V-pillow, great to wedge yourself into on a flare day too. Cute owl, I’m currently in the process of convincing my husband that me having a Chihuahua would save on our electric bill in the long run! Hmmm

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  2. Jennifer Katzer

    rechargeable hand warmers save me in the winter months on my commute to and from the train station. When hands get cold its game over for my pain levels of the day.

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