Setting Aside Fear and Anxiety

One of the most common questions that I am asked when I address a crowd is what can I do to improve my condition with Parkinson’s disease (PD)?

A Window  view

A Window view

My short answer to this question is usually a lengthy list of complementary therapies to try and taking the time to experiment in finding what it is that your body, mind, and spirit are drawn to and react to. In this posting, I am focusing just on two components that make up PD, but I believe that these are probably the two key components to keeping PD in check and improving your overall quality of life.

Fear and anxiety feed one another and only exacerbate the symptoms of PD. When these instigators are controlled through breathing, relaxation techniques, and other mind/body exercises, something very positive can happen. A calmness and a sense that your body is prepared for anything lowers the stress that comes with fear and anxiety. Fear, anxiety, and stress, when dissected, are really self-generated weights that we unknowingly put upon ourselves.

Setting arbitrary deadlines for ourselves that are unrealistic or just unnecessary only adds to the pressure that we ought to be alleviating. Focusing on the stressors that trigger our symptoms are key in improving our quality of life.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on May 16, 2016, in A Soft Voice book, Education, Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks for sharing this information…it was very helpful my lil brother is going through Parkinson diseases would recommend him to do this following steps…good work there

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