Let me begin by saying, even though I’m writing a post about anxiety, I thankfully, do not experience a lot of it. The situations that cause me to experience anxiety include speaking in front of a crowd, packing for a trip or being late for something. These situations are infrequent.
For many others however, anxiety is a serious issue. Given the circumstances, it is not surprising. To illustrate my point, I’m going to use an analogy. Consider little Edward. He is described as being afraid of his own shadow [likely because the DNA he inherited from his parents was preprogrammed with fear]. Then one day his teacher asks him to speak in front of the entire school the next day. Too afraid to say no, he agrees. The terrified young boy shows up at school the next day and just as he is about to go on stage, he is told that the school bully is upset about the subject of his speech and is going to get him after school. Why it’s a bloody miracle the young lad didn’t wee in his pants right on spot!
Our situation is pretty much the same [except for the wee part!]. We start experiencing these symptoms so we go to see a neurologist. We actually didn’t need to go to see the neurologist because the fact that we’re experiencing symptoms tells us that our body is out of homeostasis; it’s producing too much adrenaline and cortisol [the fear hormones] and not enough dopamine and serotonin [the feel-good neurotransmitters]. In any event, we see the neurologist and he or she tells us that we have Parkinson’s disease. There is nothing like hearing the word disease to send a person spiralling up the anxiety meter. He goes on to say that this disease is progressive, degenerative and incurable, doubling the anxiety. Then he suggests a medication [because that’s what he’s trained to suggest] but he doesn’t tell you that this medication causes anxiety. But that’s okay, because he has another medication to counter the anxiety. Then true to your neurologist’s word, the symptoms do start to get worse, and in the process, worsens your anxiety, yet again. The notion of being back in childhood doing a presentation in front of the whole school doesn’t seem so bad at this point.
It’s no wonder that pretty much everyone receiving the diagnosis of Parkinson’s experiences some level of anxiety! It is a scary proposition especially when your body is already in a state of fight-or-flight.
But it can be minimized!
- Change your belief
- Focus on restoring homeostasis
- Learn techniques that minimize symptoms
- Live in the moment
- Immerse yourself in happiness
- Take an adrenal supplement
- Read these books: The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer.
- Surrender to the experience
- Talk to God
- Yell hallelujah
Change your belief:
If you believe that it is not possible for you to recover your health, change your belief. It is possible! People have recovered. I have written about them. If the body can heal a cut or a broken bone, it can heal anything. We just need to give it what it needs.
Focus on restoring homeostasis:
If you are experiencing any health condition, like Parkinson’s, cancer, lupus, diabetes or whatever, it simply means that your body is out of homeostasis. This means that you have poor gut health, a weakened immune system, inflammation, an acidic body and a clogged up lymphatic system. Focus your attention, your diet, etc., to correcting these conditions. It will take your mind off your symptoms.
Learn techniques to overcome symptoms:
Be it conscious walking to overcome shuffle-walking, slapping your thighs to stand up easier, using exploding hands to overcome clenching and slowness of movement, learn techniques that will help you overcome the symptoms you experience. It will help take your mind off your symptoms, lessen anxiety and make your life more enjoyable.
Joyful daily exercise is an excellent way to ease anxiety. It stimulates your body to produce dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitters. For me, light exercise works best. I love walking and I do it every day. I also practice karate techniques, Qigong, skipping, core exercises [push-ups and stomach crunches] and stair walking.
Meditation takes your mind off everything. It brings your attention into the euphoria of the present moment. It stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin.
Live in the present moment:
As much as you can throughout the day, live in the present moment. Place your attention on your breath. Observe your surroundings [without mental commentary]. Focus on the tasks you are performing. Simply look up and smile. When you live in the present moment, you experience the euphoria of connecting with the universal-energetic-intelligence!
Immerse yourself in happiness:
Laughter really is the best medicine [well, maybe next to a healthy diet]. It takes us out of the fight or flight, adrenaline and cortisol producing state and puts us in the dopamine and serotonin producing state. I spend a lot of time watching funny videos on YouTube, especially Rick Mercer. I also spend a lot of time doing things I enjoy, like writing.
Take an adrenal supplement:
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s, chances are your adrenal glands are in a weakened state from being in a chronic state of producing so much adrenaline and cortisol. Three years ago when I was experiencing panic attacks, I felt much better within 15 minutes of taking an adrenal supplement. The one I like best is Natural Factors Stress Relax Serenity Formula.
Read these books: The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer:
These are the most profound and powerful books I’ve ever read and they have been very influential in the books I’ve written. They are guides to living in peace, love, joy, abundance and bliss! They provide the foundation for enjoying good health!
Surrender to the experience:
Accept the fact that you have a neurological condition. Accept the fact that anxiety is part of this condition. Surrender to the experience! What you resist, persists. This condition is not your enemy, it is your teacher. It has a purpose, which is to guide you to spiritual consciousness and divine self love. Acceptance is liberation from fear!
Talk to God:
Develop a spiritual practice. Talk to God. Contemplate your divine spiritual essence in oneness with all that is. Be the conscious observer. Read spiritual books and watch spiritual videos. Practice living in the euphoria of the present moment. Sit in silent solitude. Give the world kindness, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and generosity. Understand the purpose of your health condition … to guide you to spiritual consciousness.
When I’m feeling stressed or anxious, nothing makes me feel better, even for a moment, than jumping up in the air and yelling, HALLELUJAH! I do it a lot! Every day!
For the last word on this subject, I urge you to watch this video [thank you Jimmy for posting it]. It is well worth the 18 minutes it takes to watch it!