Self-care ranges from things you might enjoy, like sleeping or exercising to things you may enjoy a little less, like visiting the dentist. For some, self-care includes therapy.
Nov 25, 2020
NEEDHAM, Mass. — Self-care was a popular term infiltrating the American vernacular before the pandemic hit, and since then, has firmly rooted itself in popular culture.
Dr. Martin Pierre is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Dorchester and president of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. His definition of self-care is doing things in your life that help you to become more healthy, happier and more effective.
Pierre says examples of self-care range from things you may enjoy like sleeping and going for a walk, to things you enjoy a little less like limiting time on social media and visiting the dentist.
For some, it also includes therapy. In a CDC survey in June, 40% of adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse.
Since COVID-19 hit the U.S. therapy has moved almost entirely from the office couch to the computer screen. One of the positive results of the increase in telehealth therapy is that more people are seeking help including people of color – a group less likely than whites to receive mental health care, according to Psychology Today.
Another effective form of self-care is meditation. For some people, meditation can be challenging, but there are many resources that offer guidance. The Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in Watertown offers all of is guided meditation classes via Zoom right now. Rita Cleary, the co-coordinator of the Boston chapter, says that through the practice of meditation you can change your patterns of thought and change your reactions to the situations you’re seeing in life.
She compares meditation to charging your battery, but quicker – even just a few moments of quiet contemplation can make a difference.