2/2 “Parkinson’s really hits me at times not only physically, but mentally. There are times I get into a very low and sad mood for hours, and it’s very hard to get back from it. The medication doesn’t lift me out from there anyway, what the doctors never tell you is about the toolbox I use to get me out from that dark place. I went to Move for Parkinson’s where they told me about the importance of that toolbox and I don’t refer to it often enough. It’s filled with things that makes me happy, pictures of my grandkids and my parents, pictures I had of being on holidays, notes of achievements, a pressed flower from my grandson, a couple of little stones and rocks I would have picked up that bring me back to a place where things were happy. Little things. This is a way of moving your mind just the way you have to move your body when you exercise. Your brain senses that you were happy and it lifts you back. Maybe not straight away but you can sense that this won’t last forever. You have to move everything. Taking the medications is certainly only a part of the story!
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