Stress is almost a constant in our lives and especially when coping with changing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Adding to the usual stresses are the pandemic with its social isolation and uncertainty of when it will be over, as well as the flood of local and international news. So we all deserve some time to focus on ourselves, and one useful technique is mindfulness meditation, in which a person focuses on being intensely aware of what they are sensing and feeling in that moment. This focus helps give insight into those senses and feelings without interpreting them or judging them. Various techniques can facilitate this practice to reduce stress, including breathing methods and guided imagery. In this episode, Crista Ellis, Community Program Manager with the Parkinson’s Foundation and a certified yoga and meditation educator, describes what mindfulness meditation is, how people can begin the practice, including the Foundation’s Mindfulness Mondays sessions, and what it can do for them.
- PD Health @ Home
- A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Pain Through Mindfulness (blog)
- How Stress and Stress Management Impact Parkinson’s (blog)
- Episode 80: How Mindfulness Techniques Impact the Nervous System (podcast)
- Stress Management for PD (blog)
About This Episode
Released: February 22, 2022
Crista Ellis was born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University of Oxford with a degree in psychology. She is a certified yoga and meditation educator and a community program manager with the Parkinson’s Foundation. Crista leads the Parkinson’s Foundation international Mindfulness Monday program where she guides meditation practices for people with Parkinson’s, care partners, allied professionals, and more across the world. She joins us today to share with us about the benefits of cultivating a mindfulness practice when living with or affected by Parkinson’s disease.
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