"I was tired of listening to my harshest critic, the little voice in my head, so I became more KIND to myself." -Member of MyParkinsonsTeam
You may judge yourself and others every day without realizing it. Like many members of MyParkinsonsTeam have found, living with Parkinson's Disease is an exercise in frustrating moments. You may blame yourself when you look in the mirror, drop something, or falter with a simple task. The problem is when you let these internal judgments shape belief in yourself.
"Doing well. I have become aware that I have been over committing myself to meetings, advising boards and the like. Need to spend more time on self-care— exercise, walking, talking with my wife and spending quality time."
"I was asked what causes my symptoms to flare up...I would have to say stress most definitely, as well as, not taking the time to be self-caring in my daily routine."
"Today, I will be practicing self-care; setting up therapies, chasing insurance payments and checking out the cannabis connection. I have taken two days off work, just to ensure that I can think and deal with stuff. I hope that I'll be in better shape!"
Experts in mindfulness and self-care recommend pausing for a moment when you find you're judging yourself. Be aware of those judgments. Ask yourself where this is coming from. Use the moment to be gentle and compassionate with yourself.
Do you recall a time when you were particularly critical of yourself? What are you doing to show yourself kindness in those moments? Share in the comments below or directly on MyParkinsonsTeam.