Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-20 Sheryl Jedlinski
By Sheryl Jedlinski
Everything I know about pandemics I learned from Hollywood movies that play out our worst nightmare scenarios on the big screen. Providing the creepiness of horror movies and the adrenaline rush of disaster movies, “end of the world” films leave us “white knuckling” it as we watch society come apart at the seams and cheer on those in a race with time to put things back together again.
With the very real coronavirus outbreak now decimating the world population, I feel my fear and panic rising to levels not felt since September 11 and the days and weeks immediately following. Once again it seems as if, “The sky is falling.” As frightening as that time was, I remind myself, we’re still here almost two decades later. I expect the same will be true after the worst of the current global pandemic is over.
While we cannot control what happens to us in life, we can control how we respond to these events, and that makes all the difference in the world. Stress takes a toll on our well-being, as does anxiety and depression common among people with Parkinson’s. Here are things you can do to help yourself stay calm during the current pandemic:
I leave you with the Apache Blessing:
“May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and
know it’s beauty all the days of your life.”