April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
April 7th, 2018
Just as the right diet and medications are key to living well with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), maintaining emotional health is essential to physical health. A person diagnosed with Parkinson’s often feel a flood of emotions, as do their loved ones.
Accepting and successfully navigating those feelings, whether anger, sadness, grief or even denial, is important. Stress can make PD symptoms worse. By focusing on your strengths, nurturing caring relationships, sharing your concerns, embracing healthy behaviors and your spirituality, you can better cope with the potential challenges of PD.
Working Through Feelings
PD symptoms and treatments can affect your mood. Depression and anxiety affect up to 50 percent of people living with PD. These mood changes can bring on worsening function, leading to a decreased quality of life. Tending to your emotional health keeps this cycle at bay. Be sure to meet with and speak with your doctor, who can recommend the right medical treatments. But also consider counseling, for you, and your loved ones if necessary, and a local or online PD support group.
Counseling sessions — alone, as a couple, family or in a group — can provide support, understanding and education. A PD support group can offer a venue to share your experience with those on a similar journey. This can lift stress, foster new friendships and prevent isolation.
The way I have been managing stress is by taking trips outside and enjoying the sun on my face, the birds singing and the smell of the wind. Enjoying the laughter of Clark and friends, family...
Nature can be a inexpensive way to calm the soul. Take time this weekend and take a deep breath.
Thank you for your continued support!