A young woman and her older father paint on canvases across from each other

Ways to Negate the Negative in Your Day

We certainly know that Parkinson’s disease (PD) can zap your energy and make you feel negative about life. This is true if you have the disease or if you are a care partner for someone who has PD. Rather than fight the daily negative feelings, come up with ways to negate them in the first place.

My own father has had PD for almost 15 years. He is now 86 and battling the dementia that often comes along with it. My mother has been a warrior through her own health issues and is my dad’s primary care partner. I help often when my mom needs assistance with my dad.

I think we all found it hard to get through the COVID-19 pandemic without feeling down about life in general. If you have a chronic disease, this can add to your burden list. The following are tips on how to start your day on the right foot and with a positive attitude whether you are a person with Parkinson's or a care partner.

Follow a routine

Try to follow a daily routine that best fits your individual needs. I’m a creature of habit so I benefit from daily exercise whether it is a walk with the dog or an exercise class. 

I have found it very easy to find virtual classes to follow from the comfort of my home. Often, you can also find classes specific to Parkinson’s. Good ones include tai chi, boxing, or chair-based exercises.

I also thrive on my spiritual strength through my belief in God. Each morning I read a daily devotional along with a bit of scripture from the Bible that helps me get my mind and heart in the right place for the day.

Use your creativity

Being creative is a great way to get your mind off your worries and to put some grit into a project. Maybe paint a picture, write and share your story with our ParkinsonsDisease.net community.

Build a birdhouse and enjoy watching a bird build its own nest in your backyard tree. You will feel a sense of accomplishment too!

Help someone else

Write a thank-you note for service providers who have helped you during a difficult period or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teach or volunteer with youth on a subject that is dear to your heart or from your professional background. Call someone that you haven’t talked to in a while. Maybe they need some cheering up!

Get out in nature

Find a local park or nature preserve to a drive-through or walk-through. Plan ahead and bring a picnic too! Invite friends that you haven’t been able to see in a long time!

We know that life is not easy, but if we learn to manage the negative feelings that come with Parkinson’s disease or a similar chronic illness then we learn to live more fully.

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