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Where are you going, what are you doing, how will you get there? Slow it down. You’ll get there–when you get there.
Travelling with or without an illness these days can and often will try your patience, up your stress level, and test your sanity. Taking on the travel challenge might just be a little more peaceful and serene if you follow some of these tips:
1) If you are flying or are forced to be at a determined destination like a train or bus station, allow yourself even an extra hour of time to avoid the feeling of being rushed or stressed. The more self-induced pressure that you add to the event, the more energy you waste, and in a crowded airport, we all need to conserve our energy.
2) When we travel, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus. Deep breathing and meditation may help you keep on track and stay sharp. Something as simple as using an app like, Headspace, or sitting quietly and gathering your thoughts for a few moments a day, may improve concentration.
3) Make a special travel CD or playlist of of music that you look forward to hearing either in the car or once you get to the plane.
Some planning ahead and staying flexible can go a long way in your travels.
Check out my past postings in my archive, on travel tips for more ideas.
The Holiday Season means parties, presents, parents, and packing on pounds. It is a special time when family comes together to share the joy and celebration. This time of year can also be difficult and trying for many people due to finances, loss of family members, or just trying to coordinate the added responsibility that comes with this time of year.
The added pressure of trying to produce “the right gift” and to cook “the right meal” on top of dealing with your Parkinson’s disease probably isn’t of benefit to your condition. I know from experience, that when I am overloaded with a laundry list of to-do items and I am facing deadlines, stress and tension builds higher and higher – only to make my PD worsen.
Here are a few suggestions to remind you how to maintain your meds, your mind, and your overall well-being over the holidays:
- Travel can interject a scramble in timing your medications on an irregular schedule and for people with Parkinson’s, timing can be everything. Do your best to sustain as close to your usual schedule as you can to maintain an even stream of your medications. If you need a reminder, use your cell phone or your spouse’s phone to make sure that you don’t miss a dose.
- The Holidays bring on huge changes in our eating habits as we eat and drink more, often of foods that we may not eat at other times of the year. Sweets, pastries, and other rich foods can play a part in reducing your maximum absorption of your medications, so pay attention to what you are eating and how much of it you intake. I find alcohol fiddles with my pills, so I try to not drink at all, but if you do, just pay attention to the impact it may have on what you are taking.
- It can become overwhelming when we have multiple family members from multiple families, kids, animals, music, technology, and food and drink, and loud conversation, all in one room. The energy and space can become overwhelming and feel a little enclosing. We all have different stress triggers that evoke our symptoms to come out more. Be aware what induces certain thoughts and feelings, before the trigger takes hold, if you can. The key is being aware of the situation that you are in at the time.
- Be sure and take time for yourself, when you need it! Everyone at the party and celebration wants you to be at your best and if it means you need to take a little extra time to get ready, ask for a change in food or drink, take a rest, or need to lower the music to be heard better in conversation, I would think that those slight concessions would gladly be made for you.
- Remember to breathe, breathe, breathe! Deep breathing is something very few of us do enough. It feels so good to breath deeply.
- Go into each event expecting to have a good time and to really enjoy yourself. Keep your expectations in check and just be present.
- Stay as active as you normally would on any other day. Keep on your normal health regimen of exercise, sleep, and diet (as best you can) to keep up daily maintenance.
- Address your needs to speak of those you have lost or miss if you can, without interfering with those who may not want to deal with past issues. I like to just light a candle in remembrance of those who are unable t be with us, as this is a way of honoring their memory.
- If stress creeps in and you need something, check out my last blog post on the program, HeadSpace and see if this App does’t help clear some tension and anxiety.
- Lastly, this time of year should be about whatever you want it to be. Placing expectations and conditions on what you hope or think it should be, only weighs you down. If you build up expectations, it can lead to less successful outcomes. Just being as good as you can be at the time of the event, and being yourself, without expectation, may just allow you to find that you enjoy all your events, even more!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
There are stories with morals and themes of those searching the world for vast fortunes of gold, diamonds, and silver. Explorers canvas the world for glory, fame, and fortune. There are those of us who seek more in our daily life who just want to be productive, healthy, and functional. True discovery is that we have the capability to achieve, attain, and succeed with what we have without searching all over the world for knowledge that is in our own backyard. We have the tools to draw from in our kit if we take the time realize that the tool is there.
Dorothy had the power all of the time but didn’t knowingly realize it until she was leaving Oz. Realizing that you are more capable and able takes some reminding.
I have a good idea of what I am supposed to do and be able to do. When I deviate from the direction that I know that I need to go, I can falter. It took the assistance of a simple App on my iPhone called, Headspace: Meditation techniques for mindfulness, stress relief & peace of mind, to bring me back to balance, focus, and my path. For someone who preached the benefits of meditation, I had taken the tool out of the kit, only to leave a huge void in taking care of myself. Thanks to the App, I have regained focus and have re-constructed my daily practice.
Who would have that thought a piece of technology, like Headspace, could be so instrumental in reviving my peace and calm. I didn’t see it coming, but the App reminded me that I had the power all along and that I needed a nudge to return to my path. If you are interested in exploring Headspace, click on the link or look in your App store for more information.
You can try it for 10 10-minute sessions, before you decide if you want to pay the monthly fee. I plan to stay with the product and see the benefits that it offers. This is a daily practice that I think that I can follow. You might look into it.
Here are some more of my favorite Apps:
This App changes the interface of your Twitter account and transforms it into a friendlier and streamlined look. Your tweets are color coded for a clean and manageable configuration. If you use Twitter, then consider Tweet!
Zillow and Truilia
For real estate and house hunting these sites are superb. Both provide an easy search for finding homes and then plots homes for the designated location and quickly maps it out. Both have been around awhile and both look great on IPAD.
Pano Camera 360
This Panorama camera App creates some stunning photos with a simple to use interface that takes a little adjustment—once you get used to the prompts, you’ll appreciate the results.
I use Pages as my mobile writing program and I love it! The templates are few but very useful. It has proven to be reliable and everything I could ever want in a word processing program.
I have yet to even scratch the surface of the capabilities of this art design tool, but as I uncover more and more of what it can do, it amazes me. In the hands of someone more skilled than I, this is a powerhouse of art tools.
Scrolln Roll and IBanner HD
These are 2 very easy and entertaining scrolling text Apps that you can use anywhere and anytime. Communicate from across the room with your message scrolling across your screen. Use it at a trade show with your sales specials or just to get your name seen. Use your imagination and get noticed with these fun tools.
For anyone wanting to try their hand at animation and looking to get creative, this is a terrific App to build your own cartoon. It’s a blast!
HBO’s video player on the IPAD has been fluid and crystal on the Apple screen. Now you can enjoy the quality of HBO series, documentaries, and sports wherever you go.
I hope that my list of Apps is helpful. If you have an App that you find helpful, please pass along.