When we are facing Parkinson’s, there is so much information to absorb, decisions to be made, and changes to be considered. When I meet someone who is newly diagnosed or has young onset Parkinson’s, I try to offer a few tips that may help them on their journey. Here are a few tips I want to offer to you:
- Do something for your mind, your body, and your spirit, everyday – Balance is key to the entire body because all three segments are reliant on the other. Letting one of the three segments go downhill impacts the other segments. Try taking an holistic approach to living well with Parkinson’s. Here are some examples: For the body – try Rock Steady Boxing. For the mind – learning a new language. For the spirit – listening to a piece of music that moves you.
- Build a support network – Living with Parkinson’s doesn’t mean we have to make the journey alone. We all need to know when to ask for and accept help. Constructing a team of knowledgeable, caring, and helpful teammates is empowering. Make a team consisting of friends, family, doctors, therapists, trainers, mentors, and others who you can trust and lean on for support.
- Share your story – Nothing is more personal or compelling. Your story can inspire, educate, and help others to see through your perspective. The more voices that are heard, the more awareness Parkinson’s receives!