9 Tips on Meditation for Parkinson’s Patients

Meditation is a practice that has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.  Minimizing stress levels for Parkinson’s patients is essential as research shows the detrimental effects of stress that lead to pronounced and frequent symptoms.

Australian researchers found that meditation reduced anxiety, depression, and impairment due to postural instability, gait, and rigidity.  You can read their research here.

Check out these 9 tips to start you on your way to developing your meditation practice:

1.     Begin: There is no time to start like the present! Don’t wait for the perfect time to begin your practice.  Why don’t you start right after you read this post?

2.     Breathe!: Breath is essential in any meditation practice.  It is recommended to utilize diaphragmatic breathing which means breathing deeply from your belly and exhaling through the nose.  Concentrate on your breath as you let go of your stresses.

3.     Don’t judge yourself: Starting a new routine can be challenging, but it is important to not judge yourself as you engage in your practice.  Some days are better than others but it is essential that you refrain from judging yourself.  

4.     Complete silence is not a requirement:  I understand how difficult it can be to find a place with complete silence where you can meditate.  Luckily it is not essential to practice in complete silence. You only need to find a place where you can concentrate enough

5.     You don’t have to rely on one position:  Some people prefer sitting with crossed legs on the floor; however, this position often does not work well for Parkinson’s patients.  Don’t worry, you can choose any position that suits your needs.

6.     Remember the benefits of meditation: It is often difficult to maintain a new routine, but remind yourself about the research that proves the positive and important benefits that meditation brings.

7.     Keep trying: Challenges and set backs are disheartening, but don’t let temporary failures discourage you from mediating.

8.     Length:  Don’t be intimidated by the length of time that you feel you need to dedicate to your practice.  Start with 10 minutes and build from there.

9.     Take your practice everywhere: Meditation can be done anywhere and anytime.  Try practicing in unconventional places.  That way you will be able to take your stress-relieving practice anywhere that is needed.