Staying as Healthy as You Can With Parkinson’s Disease

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by Sherri Woodbridge |

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I sit here and look out my window. My garden is drooping in the 100-degree heat. A friend sends a photo of her cactus as it lies lifeless in its clay pot.

Later in the day, after receiving some much-needed water, its leaves are once again erect and firm. It amazes me how fast we can be restored and refreshed when we give our bodies water, just as water was given to that plant.

I have felt lifeless, limp, and thirsty like that cactus. I don’t realize I haven’t had enough water to drink. And when I’m really thirsty, nothing satisfies the way water does. The next time you feel sluggish, tired, dizzy, or are struggling with a headache, stop and ask yourself when you last had a glass of water. It could make a big difference, especially for your brain. 

It may sound contradictory, but one reason you might feel weary and worn-out is because you probably aren’t getting enough exercise. It seems strange that exerting energy will energize you when you’re tired, but it is true. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Just make sure you’re doing something.

There could be other reasons why you feel tired. You may very well be tired! Are you getting enough sleep at night? If not, that could be the reason you feel like you’re dragging throughout the day.

Tiredness can also stem from the medication you’re taking. I can count on feeling like I won’t be able to stay awake about 15 to 20 minutes after taking my medications. I want to sleep, and often I do just that.

Not taking your medications is most likely not an option with Parkinson’s. In fact, it’s important to take your medications on time and regularly as directed by your physician. Not doing so can result in unwanted symptoms resurfacing. Who wants that?

Get encouraged. Go for socially distanced coffee with a friend. Read a lighthearted story or book. Get adult coloring books and color with a grandchild. Put on some relaxing music while you read. Do some brain games on the computer.

Staying healthy with Parkinson’s disease may sound contradictory, but doing so is worth the effort.

I look out my kitchen window, and things don’t seem so droopy out in the backyard. A light rain has fallen and refreshed the earth. Every little effort helps when you’re trying hard to stay as healthy as you can. Even if that effort seems small.


Note: Parkinson’s News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Parkinson’s News Today or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to Parkinson’s disease.


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