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December 07, 2021

Self-Care Gift Guide from Staff Council

Give the gift of self-care this year! The Staff Council Wellness Committee has compiled a list of feel-good gift ideas that will help you and your loved ones feel connected, restored and rejuvenated.

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Caeydyn Busche, career consultant at the CPDC, recommends a HappyLight for your dose of light therapy to combat dreary winter days and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Jessica Tones, registered dietitian and program director of nutrition for Dining Services, recommends Intuitive Eating for Everyday: 365 Daily Practices and Inspirations to Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating to support a peaceful relationship with food, rooted in self-care and self-compassion.

Angie Lusk, program director of Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives, endorses getting your dose of plant therapy this winter by checking out Ruby Flora. If plants aren’t your thing, put together a basket of local jams, honey, coffee/tea, bread and cheese to savor brunch over the holidays. You get to feel good and support local, small businesses while doing so.

Daniela Somaroo, housefellow and coordinator of Community Standards and Integrity, recommends This Year I Will...: A 52-Week Guided Journal to Achieve Your Goals for those  that might want to try journaling but don’t know where or how to start!

Pattye Stragar, operations manager of fitness/aquatics, loves to share and receive (hint, hint) the gift of self-care services – a massage or foot massage at Happy Feet, a float spa, the salt cave at Peace, Love and Zen, or her personal favorite, a pedicure with Angie at Dojo Nails in Bellevue.

Marissa Grant, Chartwells registered dietitian, gives the gift of crafting and creating, perfect for when you want to do something together with friends or family and support local businesses. She recommends workshops and events at Workshop PGH, candle making at Mix Candle Co., glass and mosaic workshops for adults and kids at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and pottery classes and craft kits to-go at Little House, Big Art.