If you have Netflix, here is a list of some suggestions to consider:
As we restrict ourselves from human interaction and search for binge-worthy material to entertain ourselves, I thought that I would share some of the programs that you might have missed. I tried to select mostly positive subjects or at least those that had upbeat outcomes:
Upbeat and Positive Shows to Binge on Netflix #1
No preference by order
The Repair Shop – A British reality show that is touching and heart-warming.
The Kindness Diaries – Another British show that makes you feel good.
Amazing Interiors – Surprises of the creativity that we humans think up!
Heal – Powerful and eye-opening!
Tidying Up – Marie Kondo transforms living spaces and lives.
Street Food – Behind the story of a few nation’s popular street foods.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman – Thought-provoking.
Grand Designs – Some interesting builds!
The Game Changers – Look who is changing their diets and why.
The Andy Griffith Show – Good old-fashioned standby!
Hugo – Follow a boy’s magical journey!
Jeopardy – Compete with friends and family with the classic game show!
The Who Was Show – Humorous look at historical characters.
The Universe – Great visuals and a fascinating look at space.
The Twilight Zone – A treasure trove of sci-fi and great stories. (Not for young children.)
The Mind Explained (There is 9-11 footage so be careful, if you have kids-use parental judgement.) Explore the brain!
The Bodyguard-Follow a British Officer’s rise to Bodyguard. (Violence/Action)
Sherlock-not for kids – Modern day British genius solves mysterious crimes. Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant in the role of a younger Sherlock. (Violence/Action)
Locke and Key – ( Mystery) I have just started it, but I am intrigued! Mysterious house and curious keys to explore.
Daredevil-violent Marvel series about the blind vigilante superhero! (Violence/Action)
These are just some shows that I am watching or have watched. Karl Robb
This was created in May 2014, but I thought it was worthy of another appearance.
Here are some Tips for Staying Positive and Proactive:
Take care of yourself. The more you know about Parkinson’s, the better. You play the key role in your own health. Seek out therapies/modalities that work for you. Accepting your illness does not mean giving up.
Appreciate the good in every day. Focus on what you can do! Do not focus on what you can’t do! Savor and appreciate everything.
Stay flexible in all ways. A rigid pole often tends to break in the wind. A flexible pole will bend and give in the wind. Being more flexible will add a new dimension to your life.
A person with a good attitude is much easier to be around and is good for our well-being.
Being positive is a choice! When we label everything “good” or “bad”, we lose sight that we cannot savor one without the other. You cannot have the sweet without the bitter. This is life!
Explore the stressors in your daily life. Find an outlet to help you release your stress.
Procrastination, denial, fear, and apathy only delay the opportunity to begin our own self care. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
If you don’t laugh every day, start! Laughter has all kinds of health benefits. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t stop laughing!
Plan ahead for what you can and be aware and engaged. Always have a plan B, C, or more.
The best exercise or activity is the one that you like and you are willing to do. If Parkinson’s prohibits us from doing something we love, then we must find a replacement for that activity.
I hope these are helpful to you.
Clinging on to that which does not serve us only weighs us down. Rather than control our emotions, if not monitored closely, they may control us. I have seen anger and resentment consume the strongest of men and seen it bring them to their knees. I have seen a quick temper ruin friendships as well as careers. I have seen jealousy and greed destroy the trust of what appeared to be the most solid of marriages. Retaining negative emotions can do nothing positive. Why do we hold what we don’t need?
If you can make yourself sick, can you make yourself well? How often did your parents tell you that you were going to make yourself sick because of worry? Whether it was guilt, worry, anger, hate, anticipation, anxiety, or some other emotion, maybe we have the same ability to make ourselves well, if not better! We probably didn’t get ill overnight, so it is unlikely to think that we will get well overnight.
Letting go takes practice, discipline, and intuition. It takes timing. Knowing what to keep and what to release sometimes takes a leap of faith into the unknown. It requires bravery and will.
Not everyone is prepared to or immediately willing to release years of pent up anger, bitterness, hurt, or bad memories. Some of us are better than others at avoiding confrontation, forgetting our pasts, and discarding the regrets and losses of of our lives. Depending upon the severity of our emotional challenges, professional counsel may be required to realize what is necessary to move forward. I have little doubt that our emotions have a direct connection to entire body’s well-being.
Remember to let go of what you don’t need or just what doesn’t benefit you. That’s what I’m hoping to do.
–Reprise January 2012 – re-edited 2017