As a person experiencing the symptoms of PD, I have learned through direct experience that it is extremely important to continually stimulate the body and the mind upon waking and throughout the day!
I usually meditate first thing in the morning, but even before I do, I stimulate my body with a few qigong and speed exercises. Actually, even before I get out of bed, I stimulate my mind with some uplifting mantras.
Before I go to bed, I do push-ups and a couple of short qigong exercises. I also have a couple of gratitude prayers that I recite.
Again, I have learned through experience that physical inactivity and negative thought patterns create stress and worsen the symptoms I experience, whereas, exercise helps to stimulate the release of endorphins which helps to take me/us out of the fight-flight-freeze state.
Any exercise is beneficial. It doesn’t always have to be rigourous exercise, nor does it have to be for long periods of time. But it is important to do something!
Every day, I do one or more of core [push-ups and stomach crunches], strengthening, cardiovascular, speed, balance and stretching exercises. On days when I’m not shoveling snow, shoveling dirt, or splitting and stacking firewood, I go for a walk and/or bike ride. In the summer, I also swim and play golf. I also practice qigong every day, several times a day.
I stimulate my mind with positive thoughts, including repeating mantras, learning to speak Estonian and learning to count to ten in different languages. I also blog and write books.
I’ve also learned [the hard way] that it’s important to do everything with enthusiasm. In the past, when I went about exercising feeling stressed or worrying, it actually worked against me … I felt worse! So positive, joyful thoughts are extremely important.
Regardless of your age or the state of your condition, I urge you to do what you can to stimulate your mind and body with contented thoughts and joyful exercise!
Wishing you a spectacular day!