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10 Things That Your Doctor May Not Have Shared with You About Parkinson’s Disease

10 Things That Your Doctor May Not Have Shared with You About Parkinson’s Disease

These 10 suggestions are just that—suggestions for what I have found to work for myself. I encourage you to find or develop your own list of successful tools that add to your improvement. As Parkinson’s can be so different and unique for each of us, it may take some time and careful trial and error to identify what works best for you!

Relaxation

Finding ways to relax and reduce stress can alleviate anxiety, tension, and help to improve mood. There are numerous techniques and therapies that you may want to consider, such as yoga, qigong, massage, reflexology, and reiki, just to name a few. Art, music, or just focusing on a hobby can be very therapeutic!

Nutrition

Eat better and know what you are eating. Eat organic—the fresher, the better!

Move with music

Incorporate music you love into your daily life! Music motivates movement as well as mood!

Mind and body

Don’t stop moving, thinking, and growing—keeping your mind and body active and challenged will help keep your systems engaged.

Stay connected

Stay social! Interacting with others is so important for support, mental health, and retaining communication skills.

Stay flexible

Be open! If what you are doing isn’t working for you right now, you might need to tweak your game plan with a new activity, therapy, schedule, or daily regimen.

Maintain a routine

Schedules can be difficult to manage with Parkinson’s disease! Keeping a routine can be of benefit to people with Parkinson’s as there can be some level of predictability with a set schedule.

Stay informed

Stay informed but don’t overload yourself with information! Knowledge is helpful but too much may be consuming and even in a negative way, if misunderstood.

Positivity

Remain upbeat! Staying positive, as best as you can, may add a whole new dimension to how you proceed through life.

Avoid shortcuts

Do the work and try to avoid the shortcuts! Getting better won’t happen overnight, but you probably didn’t get ill overnight, so be patient and stay open to noninvasive options.

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Comments

  • Dan Glass moderator
    1 year ago

    Short, simple, and to the point (as well as easy to adhere to!). Thanks for writing and guiding others to good places!

  • Karl R moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank you Dan, I appreciate that comment! Thanks for reading my work! Be Well, Karl, ParkinsonsDisease.net Community Team Member

  • Gabro13
    1 year ago

    I really enjoyed your article. It reaffirmed to me that I am on the right and positive path to dealing with PD. I have always been very active with exercise. Running, walking , yoga and Rock Steady Boxing. Lately I decided to ride my bicycle more often depending on weather. I never realized how the bike allowed me to feel like there is no Parkinson’s. It’s the only time where my tremors stop (internal as well as outside). My walking/running gait is always awkward with left leg dragging. I get on the bike and everything moves perfect. Balance is no problem as well. It’s a little challenge getting on and off bike but I’ve learned strategies for that as well. I’m always amazed by the big smile on my face when I start riding to do errands or get to places. For that time I have no PD.

  • Karl R moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much, Gabro13! I am so glad that my blog post resonated with you! I appreciate your support and thanks for reading my stuff! Be Well, Karl, ParkinsonsDisease.net Community Team Member

  • Jessica.Hall moderator
    1 year ago

    Wow, how wonderful and inspiring! We are so glad the article resonated with you, Gabro13. It sounds like you have found some freedom in biking- that is so awesome! We are so happy you to hear you are doing well. Thank you for being apart of our community and sharing! Keep on biking and smiling! ☺ Be well, Jessica, Parkinsonsdisease.net Team

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