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10 Tips for Staying Positive and Proactive

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Watching dogs play in the snow made me laugh!

Here are 10 Tips for Staying Positive and Proactive

  • Take care of yourself. The more you know about Parkinson’s, the better. You play the key role in your own health. Seek out therapies/modalities that work for you. Accepting your illness does not mean giving up.
  • Appreciate the good in every day. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. Savor and appreciate everything.
  • Stay flexible in all ways. A rigid pole often tends to break in the wind. A flexible pole will bend and give in the wind. Being more flexible will add a new dimension to your life.
  • A person with a good attitude is much easier to be around and is good for our well-being.
  • Being positive is a choice! When we label everything “good” or “bad”, we lose sight that we cannot savor one without the other. You cannot have the sweet without the bitter. This is life!
  • Explore the stressors in your daily life. Find an outlet to help you release your stress.
  • Procrastination, denial, fear, and apathy only delay the opportunity to begin our own self care. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
  • If you don’t laugh every day, start! Laughter has all kinds of health benefits. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t stop laughing!
  • Plan ahead for what you can and be aware and engaged. Always have a plan B, C, or more.
  • The best exercise or activity is the one that you like and you are willing to do. If Parkinson’s prohibits us from doing something we love, then we must find a replacement for that activity.

Click this link for the 10 Tips PDF to share.

ASoftVoice.com Celebrates 100th Posting

My 100th Posting

For this, my 100thposting on ASoftVoice.com (a soon to be book), I thank you, the reader, who with your loyalty and faithful input has inspired me to write my next 100 postings. I hope that one or more of my postings makes you smile, think, question, or laugh.

I offer you this thought to commemorate my 100thposting:

Maybe true happiness comes from what you are and not what you have.

Lessons from my Chocolate Lab

Laughter is such a healthy and stress reducing activity. Whether one has Parkinson’s disease or not,  laughter has healing properties. It is so easy to stress over something that we ought to laugh at instead. My Chocolate Lab, who is now 3 years old, has taught me so much. I thought that I might share.

Lessons from my Lab:

1. There is always time to play. Work is important but so is play.

2. A ball is more than a toy. A ball can unite the world. When we play fetch both of us are focused on one singular purpose. We understand one another. We are linked in the experience. All the stresses and worries fade and it is just us and the ball.

3. When you’re cute,  you can get away with a great deal more than the less attractive.

4. Too much of a good thing like, water, grass,  anything on the sidewalk, anything you wouldn’t even dream of eating, and anything you know you shouldn’t eat, probably isn’t that good for you.

5. Lab means “vacuum” in Latin, I think.

6. “Cookie” and “come” mean the same thing.

7. “No” doesn’t apply to Labs.

8.  What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.

9. Furniture makes a great napkin.

10. If I make you laugh then that means I get another chance to try your patience.

11. Everybody wants to pet me.

12. I don’t discriminate. I bark at the UPS man, the FedEx man, and the mailman.

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