The holidays are always stressful. Add in a pandemic, and, well, we think we’re all going to need to practice a little self-care to stay sane. Here are 5 ways you can take some time for you, while still safely supporting local businesses.

Update your beauty and wellness products.

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Something as simple as keeping your skin hydrated or doing a face mask can do wonders for your mindset. Some of our favorite places to shop for locally crafted beauty and wellness products include Una Biologicals, Pip and Lola, Pittsburgh Worsh Company, and Ritual Soapworks.

Light a seasonal candle.

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There are so many amazing local candle companies that you can support! Smell is one of our strongest senses, and it’s so often overlooked. Wind down at the end of a stressful day with a candle from Pittsburgh Candle Works, PGH Candle, 837 North, and Borealis Candle Company.

Get lost in a good book.

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Sometimes escaping reality in a good book is the best way to take a mental break. We love our local bookshops – we have a list of them for you here. We also rounded up some must-reads that are set in Pittsburgh.

Buy a self-care box.

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Too drained to even pick out your own self-care items? Check out an already-curated self-care box! The Adda Bazaar (hosted by Adda Coffee and Tea House) has a self-care box that comes in three sizes – small, medium, and large – and includes chocolates, a candle, and teas. Ton Pottery also has a plethora of box options, like the Relax Gift Set and the Stay Well Gift Set.

Skip cooking and order takeout.

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Because sometimes we just can’t handle figuring out what we’re going to eat for dinner for one. more. night. Treat yourself to some takeout and support our local restaurants! We have close to a million articles about takeout (ok, maybe only a *slight* exaggeration), but some of our popular articles lately include comfort food, winter favorites, COVID takeout, and Mexican takeout.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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