We have done many blog posts on Parkinson’s in the past covering a wide variety of aspects to the disease ( , , , , ).
Today we wanted to speak to a different concept that we see on a daily basis. It is the idea of someone’s comfort zone. Parkinson’s Disease dramatically effects it and we want to share some ways for you to expand your comfort zone.
The Shrinking Comfort Zone
Every day we hear people talking about how they used to be able to do something (swim, bike, hike, knit, etc), but PD has made that impossible now. It starts out with little things here and there and most people shrug those off as “part of the process.” Eventually it becomes incapacitating and all people think they can do or want to do is sit. The most common reasons we hear are:
1. Not wanting people to notice their tremor
2. Afraid they will fall
3. Upset that they cannot do what they used to
4. Don’t want people feeling sorry for them.
For these reasons, people can literally have every joyful experience slowly taken from them. It is a horrible process that occurs in too many people with PD.
Expanding Your Comfort Zone
We do not want your comfort zone to shrink. Don’t let PD win. Fight and enjoy life! Parkinson’s Disease is not what it used to be. There are so many new medications and treatments and ways to decrease symptoms now that people can lead full and engaging lives. How do you expand your comfort zone?
1. Exercise: Exercise hard and often. Exercise has been proven to decrease symptoms, decrease depression, increase confidence, and improve mood.
2. Bring a friend/family: Don’t be scared to include people in your journey. Too many people are ashamed or nervous about what their friends/family will think. Your fight against PD will be so much more tolerable with good friends and family.
3. Be engaged: We are lucky here in Asheville. The Parkinson’s Community is very engaged and active. Here are just some of your opportunities:
d. Walking Groups
e. Pole Walking Groups
f. Spin Class at the YMCA
g. PWR! Class at the YMCA
h. Dance Classes
i. Walk/Run on September 28th, 2019 raising money for the Parkinson’s Community.
4. Eat Well: What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your overall well-being. As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” Talk to a dietician to see how they can improve your health and make you feel better.
Get out of our comfort zone. Try new things. Exercise a lot. Get out in the community a lot. Asheville is an amazing place. Make sure that you get out there and enjoy every second of it. Know that you have a huge community of people and professionals behind you.