Refresh Wednesday: A guest post on self-care strategies

I’m in the middle of about a bajillion projects right now: planning our open house on 5/2, trying to raise money in the last 7 days of our crowdfunding effort for the non-profit I co-founded, hiring doulas for my agency, and working on securing insurance coverage for childbirth classes. It’s safe to say I’m a wee bit stressed out. I was talking to Sarah Leitschuh, who sees patients here on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and she said I should check out her blog. I did, and there’s a lot of great stuff there! You need to go check out all of her posts, but here’s one she said was OK to share here. Enjoy! -Veronica

Are you ready to stop making excuses for not prioritizing self care?   Are you looking for suggested strategies that may help you enhance your approach to self care?  If so, this is the post for you.    Not quite there yet?   Click here to read some quotes to inspire you or check out my last post on excuses for not prioritizing self care.

As you review the list of self care strategies below, I encourage you to remember that self care looks different for each person because we all have unique needs and interests.    I hope this list can be used to help you start thinking about and exploring which strategies may work best for you.  It may take some experimentation to identify which self care strategies you find to be the most effective.

Possible Self Care Strategies:

  • Engage in physical activity
  • Commit to healthy eating
  • Participate in deep breathing or other relaxation exercises
  • Meditation
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Engage in creative activities
  • Make time to do things that you enjoy
  • Journal
  • Pamper yourself (Whatever that means for you!)
  • Spend time with those individuals who you find to be the most supportive
  • Commit to getting enough sleep
  • Massage
  • Allow yourself time to be playful or silly
  • Seek the support of friends, family and/or a mental health professional, when needed

Still looking for more ideas?   Another great resource is a blog post written by Jodie Gale. Jodie compiled over 50 self care tips from therapist across the world.   Click here to read Jodie’s post.

As you consider what types of self care strategies you would like to try, it may also be helpful to take a look at my post about Refining Your Approach to Self Care.  That post included a list of reflection questions to help individuals assess their strengths and growth areas in their current approach to self care.

What are your favorite self care activities?   Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments area below.

Ready, Set, Take Care of YOU!


About Sarah:

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MN #1771).  I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families.  I have provided individual, family and group therapy for people who have experienced depression, anxiety, abuse, struggles with relationships and difficulty               managing anger.

I have extensive experience working with individuals who have been involved with the child protection and juvenile justice systems. A primary emphasis of my work has been in working with children and adolescents who have been affected by sexual abuse.

I tailor  my therapy approach to the needs of each individual client or family.

I am a wife and mother of two young children.   My family owns a lively dog.   In my free time I enjoy playing with my children, going for walks with my family, traveling, reading and watching movies.

Contact Sarah at 952-457-2322 or

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

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