Annie Campbell, our Compassion Advocate, shares her methods and tips for practising self-care.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-interest is something most of us were taught was ‘selfish’, yet we are the only one responsible for ourselves and it’s our job to pay attention to our needs. Self-care is a major part of this and involves taking time to notice how we are feeling and attend to our needs with compassion. Self-care is about attending to all aspects of me – physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
How do you practice self-care?
By ensuring I have the basics in place~: regular healthy balanced diet, keeping hydrated, getting enough good quality sleep, using relaxation techniques and moving around enough! I attend to how I feel by checking in with myself on a regular basis and asking myself if anything’s bothering me, and if so if there’s anything I might be able to do to help myself feel better. Being around people who love and accept me helps a lot too.
What are your tell-tale signs that you need to take care of yourself?
Mood shifts particularly irritability, feeling cut-off or a bit spaced out, tiredness, loss of motivation, physical aches and tension.
What do you do when you need a pick me up?
Talk to someone empathic, do some quick relaxation techniques, have a massage, go for a walk, read something inspirational such as “The Power of Now”.
What are your wellbeing words of wisdom?
We only have one body, therefore taking responsibility for looking after it and being grateful for all it does for us makes sense! Science now provides evidence that treating people with kindness, acceptance and love helps them feel better and improves their health – and that includes how we treat ourselves. And the great news is that we can learn techniques such as how to relax and how to be more balanced in our self-acceptance just as we can learn any new skill.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
“One must learn to care for oneself first, so that one can then dare to care for someone else. That’s what it takes to make the caged bird sing” Maya Angelou, 1928
Annie is a Chartered Psychologist with a passion for compassion! Science now gives hard evidence that caring for each other and ourselves brings about not only increased health and happiness but also safer, more effective, and rewarding outcomes in all areas of our lives: home, relationships and the workplace - exciting times!