The holiday season is here, and even though these are joyful days, they can be difficult for those who live with a health condition like Parkinson’s disease.
To help you get through the season, here are some tips from Dylan Hardy and Parkinson’s Victoria that will allow you to enjoy this season in the best way possible:
1. Manage your energy
You will enjoy the holidays much more if you find a way to manage your energy, both physically and mentally. Don’t leave everything to the last minute and plan ahead. Start early and take it one step at a time.
2. Connect with your loved ones
The holiday season can be very emotional, and even more so for those who are living with a complex disease like Parkinson’s. Connecting, engaging, and staying in touch with your loved ones can be incredibly helpful. Send a postcard, a letter, or even an e-card or e-mail to keep in touch with your family and friends. A phone call or a face-to-face conversation is always a great choice.
3. Keep moving
These days we tend to go a little bit overboard with food. We want to stay home, enjoying a hot cup of tea, relaxing by the fire or simply wrapped up in a cozy blanket, but it’s important to keep moving and that you don’t forget to exercise. Do simple and light exercises, if you prefer, and always stay hydrated.
4. Organize your medication
Routines may change so plan when to take your medications and seek advice from Parkinson’s Victoria if you are unsure.
5. Choose food wisely
Food during the holidays is often rich and complex. It may affect your medication uptake and increase fatigue. Be mindful and cautious with food choices.
6. Accept your condition and don’t feel bad about it
Don’t apologize for being who you are and the needs you have. Let people know what you need to make the holidays special for you, too.
7. Enjoy and be happy!
Be joyous this festive season. Enjoy Christmas carols and sing your heart out!
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