Let's face it, none of us expected that 2020 would be the year that the world would change in a way that would seem to be forever.  The COVID 19 pandemic changed the way we did everything!  Quarantine, no traveling, working from home, homeschooling, social distancing, face masks, food shortages, and the worst of it was we were losing our friends and family to this highly contagious virus. The doctors, nurses, and grocery store clerks became our first line of defense. The pandemic threw off everyone's routine, but when it comes to having a neurological disease like Parkinson's it takes on an entirely new meaning. 

Those of you who have Parkinson's know that routine is important.  I had to learn to reprogram my brain so to speak and continue to keep myself active to elevate my PD symptoms. Those of you who follow me regularly know that art is my passion.  So I had plenty of more time to paint. The Parkinsons Foundation has a great article on how painting can help improve physical, psychological, and social functioning. But this time I focused more on my physical well being. One where I did what worked best for me. Parkinsons affects everyone differently so do what works for you. I choose to add more cardio into my work out routine by jogging on the beach at least 3 to 4 times a week.

 

“Art is my passion and during the pandemic, I’ve had more time to paint. I would highly recommend any form of art to help you relax and boost your mood while physically distancing.”

 

The sunshine and fresh air felt great, after being cooped up inside. Exposure to sunlight has been said to increase the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. I also participated in a few zoom

workouts with my Rock Steady Boxing class as well as hit the heavy weight bag I have at home. Exercise is vital with PD. It helps to slow the progression of your symptoms down.  I hope you found this helpful. There’s more information on my Parkinsons journey on my blog  .

Selfie at the beach

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