RoadToChange by Karl Robb

5 Actions That I Do Everyday to Stay Better with A Chronic Illness

RoadToChange by Karl Robb

  1. Appreciate and show my love for my carepartner. Expressing our love and gratitude for those people and animals who make a difference in our lives, need to be appreciated and recognized.
  2. The live and recorded voice exercises on Parkinson Voice Project’s site has helped my speech and swallowing with SPEAKOUT! exercises with Samantha Elandary, on ParkinsonVoiceProject.org. ParkinsonVoiceProject.org has become a part of my daily regimen because with constant practice, my speech clarity and loudness has greatly improved. While my speech may not ever be perfect, with the PVP speech exercises, I have seen and experienced substantial improvement.
  3. Stretch my brain, by writing a poem, a song, a good paragraph, or just a thoughtful quote, almost daily. Keeping malleable and creative has helped me to keep productive and writing, even after 30+ years of having Parkinson’s disease.
  4. Take a walk or Rock Steady Box with a class or do an online video. Doing some sort of physical workout daily, is proving to be greatly beneficial for me as is the results of the science.
  5. Lower my stress level and anxiety level with breathing, music, meditation, photography, and laughter. Look and discover a practice that calms my mind and body to improve my overall condition. Reducing stress makes an impact on my breathing and heart rate and so much more.

Routine has advantages. Routine makes a practice. A practice leads to becoming comfortable with the routine and finding the benefits of the practice. To tell a joke or to perform a magic trick well, one needs to practice it, for a successful outcome. Finding what benefits us makes a difference. The only way to investigate fairly and thoroughly, is working with routines, daily.

I am so grateful and appreciative for my wife, my partner, my carepartner, and my soulmate, Angela. Every day, I am forever energized by her support and the help that my loving wife gives me. My wife’s patience and assistance in living and business has been the perfect partnership for a successful marriage and business.

Not every day can incorporate all five components that are listed here, but on the days that life gets in the way, staying with the plan can make a world of difference in your improvement. Whether it is a medication or a complimentary therapy, staying flexible and receptive to adding something new to your regimen means giving it a fair try and assessing whether this new addition helps or hinders your condition. Be selective and be objective. Whatever the outcome, do not close the door to one therapy or dismiss another without consideration as well as evaluating the practitioner. Do not discount a therapy or medication without giving it a thorough trial, before discarding it, with your neurologist’s oversite. Wishing you all the best!

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by Karl are solely his own. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.