Sensory Reliance

If you know me, you know that I love to  travel. I enjoy uncovering new and interesting pockets of cities that I haven’t explored. Discovering shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums that I haven’t experienced can

Crowds and the energy of others can deplete us if we aren't careful.

Crowds and the energy of others can deplete us if we aren’t careful.

be very exciting. I am fresh back from 3 continuous weekends of crossing the country and I cannot and will not deny that the stress, long lines and waiting, hustle and bustle, and constant crowds and noise, were all huge contributors to sucking my energy and overall life-force. I am fine, but I am tired. Planes, trains, buses, and  5 hour drives can take their toll. A little more sleep, eating a little better than I did on the rapid pace of the road, and a return to schedule will revive me back to where I need to be.

Depleting ourselves is so easy to do, yet so unnecessary. When we give too much of ourselves, place ourselves outside of our common routine, and are put in a din-filled room, a sensitive being is going to be altered in some capacity. There is going to be some sort of energy loss when you are exposed to the frenzy of any crowd activity. Beyond the excitement and drama that comes with a crowd is the flood of emotion and exchanges that can be both positive and not-so-positive.

Call it what you will, but we are basically all batteries that get depleted day in and day out, that need constant recharges. Stress, daily changes, diet, and just life in general play a key role in how our bodies are able to process and work through the hits to our system. Whether the hit is a heavy blow or a light shock to our mind, body, or spirit, it can take time and focus on  the right spot to make the comeback.

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, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized 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, 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 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.

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