Ok, I don’t want to diminish the awfulness of having Parkinson’s disease: losing the brain cells that facilitate movement and good moods is not a barrel of laughs. But I'm really liking this list I came up with of the things I have had to do because of my Parkinson's disease. It's actually a really good set of instructions for living:
Alternate activity and rest throughout the day
Let go of ambition
Don’t try to control everything
Appreciate little things
Keep life simple
Avoid stress and negativity
Continue to exercise my mind
Listen to music
Give myself regular doses of feeling good. (I extrapolated this instruction from the dose of dopamine that I take every four hours. Dopamine is the feel good neuro-chemical)
Focus on fun and joy.
Create a community of support
Some of these I am better at than others.
Looks like a list that could be applicable to anyone. Don't let an illness force you to take care of yourself and find the joy in life. Do it because you are worth it.
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