Relying On Our Intuition

Our intuition is what keeps us stable and on an even keel. Intuition is what we think is right, for the moment. It is that gut feeling or sense of how to react to the immediate task, threat, or situation.

When Parkinson’s compromises our intuition, we second-guess ourselves and become unsure of our senses. Parkinson’s has a way of interfering with our perception, our emotional reactions, and our ability to interact with others. When it gets in the way of our senses it can cloud judgment, cause anxiety, show signs of paranoia, and be a threat to our overall cognition.

In the past year, I am saddened to report that I have seen Parkinson’s take a toll on several friends. In some friend’s cases, I have seen personalities change, mood swings, and confusion.

Watching people who we care about, whether they have Parkinson’s or not, is never easy. The best that we can do is to be there for them and support them as best we can, as a good listener and a trustworthy and dependable resource.

Here are a few suggestions to try to override anxiety and potential cognitive issues. These may bring some calm and enjoyment. These are a few activities that I hope may help you:

Keep active!Exercise!

Play games that make you think fast. Try video games (Nintendo Wii, Xbox) or brain games like, Lumosity.

Dance, sing, or try playing an instrument. You don’t have be a virtuoso.

Stretch.Keep limber in body and mind.

Try meditation. Try Yoga. Keep an open-mind to getting better!

Let’s have a great New Year together!

Karl

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on January 20, 2014, in Health, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My father has PD and I can completely understand what you’ve written, but I also think it applies to everyone! ♥ Thank you.

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