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:
- Slow down
- Alternate activity and rest throughout the day
- Let go of ambition
- Don’t try to control everything
- Appreciate little things
- Keep life simple
- Don’t multitask
- Avoid stress and negativity
- Eat well
- 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.
- Avoid toxins
- 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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