As the founder of the Halcyon Life Corporate Wellbeing programme, my focus is on maintaining great health and wellbeing on a day to day basis.  But today is World Parkinson’s Day and I want to blog about raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease after I developed the condition at the age of 48.

When I was diagnosed I felt helpless as the decline seemed inevitable and beyond my control. I am convinced that stress played a major part in me becoming ill.  But I began to realise that there were many things that I could control to improve my general health. Over time I learned to relax and sleep better and used a personal trainer, dietitian, hypnotherapist and complementary therapies such as reflexology and acupuncture to improve my overall health and help alleviate my symptoms.

I set up a wellbeing programme to help educate people on how they can lead a healthy, stress-free life.  As part of World Parkinson’s Day today I wanted to share my top tips on how to manage the stress in your day to day life to ensure you maintain a healthy wellbeing.

Top tips for improving your health and managing Parkinson’s Disease:

  • Sleep well, a good 8 hours each night if you can. If you have trouble sleeping, cut down on caffeine, avoid alcohol late at night and have a hot bath just before turning in.
  • Eat well, as much fresh wholesome food as possible. Avoid processed food, convenience meals and red meat. Eat more fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts and berries.
  • Exercise regularly at least 3 times per week. Exercise until you’re at least breathless, as much as you can manage, from simply moving more to running if you can.
  • Talk about your feelings with someone you trust. We all feel low sometimes, especially when our health is not good, but sharing your thoughts and talking about your feelings can really help you to stay positive.
  • Find time to relax and de-stress. A quick 15 minute mediation every day can really help manage your stress levels. If you’ve not done this before buy a guided meditation CD from your local health shop or use a free website like meditainment.com

About Halcyon Life:

Paul formed Halcyon Life in 2017 to help others avoid what had happened to him, through healthy living and prevention rather than expecting a cure. Working with a Stress Management Coach and many of the therapists and trainers that had helped Paul, the programme encourages people to make small changes in areas of their lifestyle where they need it most to bring about sustainable improvements in their physical health and mental resilience.