Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
These are most certainly unprecedented times and Parkinson’s WA understands that many within our community may be feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact their lives.
However, there are still plenty of things you can do to help keep you in good shape physically and mentally while keeping your spirits high. We will add to these each week. In the meantime, here are some clips about Parkinson’s from a comedian who uses humour to deal with his challenges: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-oxfordshire-52127654/coronavirus-paul-mayhew-archer-on-living-with-parkinson-s-and-covid-19
- Keep moving! Try a walk around the block or to your local park. Stretch your limbs daily to keep them flexible. Try to hold your stretches for 10-30 seconds and perform three to four repetitions. Click here for some ideas/ inspiration on stretches that are particularly beneficial for those with Parkinson’s.
- Turn off the news during the day! Visit these sites for some inspirational articles and updates about Parkinson’s:Parkinson’s Life: https://parkinsonslife.eu/ , Michael J Fox Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org/ and Parkinson’s News Today: https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/
- Listen to music at home. Numerous studies have revealed that listening to music cannot only lift our moods, but can increase our learning and memory, decrease stress and depression and improve sleep
- Now is a good a time as any to catch up on those books you’ve been meaning to read. If you’re interested in reading something about Parkinson’s and are a member of Parkinson’s WA, we have a number of books available from our library (one copy at a time) that we could mail out to you. Please call Toby in our office on 6457 7373 to arrange.
- Practice mindfulness and meditate. There are countless benefits to meditating and in our current world, calming our minds has never been more crucial in staying focused and positive. If you have a mobile phone, ReachOut, Breathe and Smiling Minds both offer free apps that are available to download to practice daily mediation and mindfulness.
- It’s especially important to stay connected to your family and friends at this time of social isolation. While we are told to keep our physical distance, we can not only speak to our loved ones, but it’s nice to see their faces too! Either Skype (free international and national calls) on your computer or FaceTime (you will need to download the FaceTime app on your phone.)
- Take up a new hobby or revive an old one. Whether it be painting, drawing, gardening or needlework, use this time to reconnect with your creativity and feed your inner craftsperson/artist.
- While the cinemas are currently closed for business, if you have Netflix or Stan or BigPond movies, indulge in some old classics, a documentary or a comedy to lift your mood.
- It may seem obvious, but eating well and staying hydrated are key to maintaining good health. Try to include plenty of fish and fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
- Try to get outside when you can. If it’s a pleasant day, consider dining alfresco in your own garden or courtyard and enjoy the fresh air.
- Create a relaxing pre-sleep routine. Practicing a routine will help you ‘decompress’ from your day’s thoughts and allow for a better night’s sleep. Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine and watching too much T.V. before bed. Curl up with a book or take a warm bath. A routine will signal to your body that it’s time to settle down.