I would like to share with you what I think you need to know in order to live effectively, and if all goes well, overcome the symptoms of PD and restore your health. In determining an appropriate title for this post, I was hesitant to include the number, 18. It’s not a round number, like 10, and it’s big number. I was concerned that it might be overwhelming. But the reality is, PD is a complex condition requiring a comprehensive protocol. You can’t simply treat it with a pill.
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!
In my last post, I discussed how to be at peace with the past. An equally important issue to resolve for those intent on recovering their health is minimizing fear, which is to say, minimizing worry and stress.
I was initially planning to post this blog for the benefit of those of us experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but in this time of worry and concern in relation to the coronavirus, it seems appropriate for a wider audience.
One of my biggest challenges in overcoming the symptoms of Parkinson’s has been coming to peace with my past.
I learned how to forgive others through the understanding of three things. First, that people mistreat others because they don’t feel good about themselves. Second, that they mistreat others because they’re not spiritually conscious. And third, that people are doing the best they can with what they’ve learned in their lives. If people are taught hatred and harsh punishment, for example, this is what they give back to the world. When you understand these three things, forgiveness is not actually necessary. It happens by default.
Sleep deprivation is a common aspect of living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, whether you take medication, or not. The good news is that the body’s natural tendency is to shut down the fight-flight response prior to sleep in order to ensure a restful sleep. So we just need to do what we can to support this.
For me, the best approach to anything, is to keep it simple! In this regard, the moment I awake in the morning I place my attention on stimulating dopamine, seratonin, oxytocin and endorphin production … naturally. I don’t need to think about recovering my health or even returning my body to homeostasis, I just need to focus on the thoughts and activities that will initiate the release of the feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones.
Somewhere out there resides a very clever intelligence! Why do I say this? Because it seems this mysterious diabolical being has crafted an experience whereby a person stuck in a chronic state of worry, partly due to their nature and partly due to their life experience, could [would] develop a neurological condition in which worry [anxiety] is not only the most troublesome symptom, but that it also contributes to the development and progression of many other debilitating symptoms, aka, Parkinson’s.
Whenever I find myself dwelling on the symptoms I am experiencing and wanting them to go away … which happens more often than I care to admit … I remind myself to take a different approach. I remind myself … compassionately … to place my mind in the state I want to be in … joyful, excited, enthusiastic, contented!
Fake it til you make it, as they say!
Loss of balance continues to be one of the three biggest challenges I face [along with anxiety and freezing]. In the past few months I have placed much more emphasis on balance exercises and it is paying off.
Loss of balance occurs when the mind and body are in a chronic state of stress and fear for an extended period of time. This ongoing fight or flight state results in the continual overproduction of stress hormones and neurotransmitters, particularly adrenaline and cortisol, and the corresponding underproduction [or non-production] of the tranquility-inducing, feel-good, muscle-control neurotransmitters, especially dopamine and serotonin.
The quality of our experience is largely determined by the quality of our thoughts! This is particularly true for anyone experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Generally speaking, if we have positive thoughts, we will have positive experiences.
But where do our thoughts come from? Where do they originate and what determines their quality?