Tips for self-care over Christmas

Self Care for the Festive Season

The Festive Season is a time of joy and celebration. However, it can also be a time of stress, anxiety and difficult to cope with.

Your usual routines will probably change as you host family members, mingle with neighbours, meet new people, and catch up with old friends who you haven’t seen for a while.

Some people might not be aware that you are living with Parkinson’s. Others may know yet be surprised by how your Parkinson’s symptoms have progressed since last you met.
Anxiety and depression are part and parcel of Parkinson’s for up to 40 percent of people living with the disease. Situational factors can add additional stress.

“Remember at this time of year to look after yourself.

  • It is very hot so choose cooler activities.
  • If you are responsible for meals choose salads and healthy easy to prepare non-cook meals.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Leave some jobs for later. Select which things things can wait.
  • Be kind to yourself. Christmas time is meant to be a joyful time so give yourself permission to make it just that!
  • Take the easy road when you can and be satisfied that you did.
  • Factor in some moments that you will never regret, spending them with some of your favourite people”

Message of care from Di Lymbury – Lismore Parkinson’s Support Group Leader

Below are some specific living well tip sheets to help cope with different situations over the Festive Season

Coping with Christmas

Staying fit over the holidays

Travelling with Parkinson’s

 

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