Psychological wellbeing

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be life-changing, and can impact everything from your career to family life, free time, relationship with partner and friendships. Here we look at ways to help you adjust and to look ahead with positivity.

Some of the changes you will need to make may be easier than others. The more you learn about Parkinson’s, the better you will be able to come to terms with it.

The following tips and suggestions may help you to live well with Parkinson’s and to have a positive attitude from the outset.

How can I manage my moods?

Both Parkinson’s and its treatment may impact your mood. You may find you experience low mood, sadness or depression.

Depression and sadness are not the same. Sadness can come and go, and ease over time. Depression tends to be a more long-term state, which can prevent you from getting on with your daily life.

It’s important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these feelings.  

The most common symptoms of a low mood are:

  • Despair / negativity
  • Feelings of guilt, uselessness or worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Sadness or anxiety
  • Lack of interest in normal activities and hobbies

Get active!

Your emotional and physical state are closely intertwined. You can help to maintain your independence and enhance your mood by being as active as possible every day.

What can help me feel positive and improve my emotional wellbeing?

  • Keep physically and mentally active
    It's important to keep yourself as active as possible. This can help you to maintain your independence and have a positive attitude towards living with Parkinson’s.
  • Establish realistic goals
    With the help of your care team, establish what is achievable. To help you maintain your quality of life, you could join support groups, explore rehabilitation services, and take regular exercise.
  • Adapt to your new lifestyle
    Work out what you can and can’t change. It will take time to make adjustments, but you will find it rewarding to take control of your life and overcome challenges.
  • Keep in touch with friends
    Being surrounded by friends can make a huge difference to your feelings. They can support you and be a positive influence in your daily life.
  • Maintain a positive attitude,
    Try to keep negative influences to a minimum, whatever they may be. Try to live in the present and take advantage of the things you can do now.

Get in touch with your emotions

When living with Parkinson’s, it is only natural to wonder about disease progression, your symptoms and how your quality of life may be affected.

Don’t ignore your feelings.

Discuss how you feel with your doctor and listen to their recommendations. Do the things that are important to you. This may help you to deal with your challenges and maintain control of your life.

  • Follow your treatment plan
  • Get regular physical exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Plan daily activities
  • Don't hesitate to ask for help.

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