Depression


Meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques

Navy SEAL calming technique

This calming technique is called box breathing, and you can try it yourself. It will only take you 16 seconds to cycle through the method one time. Just repeat the cycle as long as it takes you to feel relaxed. Breathe in for four seconds. Make sure all the air has been expelled from your lungs before you start to inhale. Once you start sucking up your air, make sure to really fill those lungs. Hold your breath for four seconds. No more inhaling at this point, and don’t let any air escape yet. Exhale for four seconds. Let the air out of your lungs at an even rate for the whole stretch of time, and make sure to get it all out. Hold your lungs empty for four seconds. It may be tempting to suck in some more air immediately after letting it all out, but just hang on for four.

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/a-navy-seal-breathing-technique-you-can-use-to-keep-calm-when-coding-f05a66da8067
Basic Meditation techniques

http://bemindful.org/basicinstru.htm
Guided meditations

https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=22&iirf_redirect=1
Easy relaxation techniques

https://www.innerhealthstudio.com/
Relaxation Downloads

https://students.dartmouth.edu/wellness-center/wellness-mindfulness/relaxation-downloads

Techniques for managing stress

https://www.parkinson.org/pd-library/fact-sheets/techniques-managing-stress

Visualization and Guided ImageryGuided imagery and visualization are techniques used to help you imagine yourself being in a particular state. Recordings are designed to help you visualize yourself relaxing or engaging in positive changes or actions. These exercises can help you reduce anxiety, improve self-confidence, or cope more effectively with difficult situations. https://www.uhcl.edu/counseling-services/resources/visualization
“Meditation made easy”

https://www.headspace.com/

Many of the resources found on p. 141 – 143 in the student handbook can be found at https://www.parkinson.org/pd-library


Combatting depression

Mental health is extremely important in PD. Although common in other chronic diseases, research suggests that depression and anxiety are even more common in PD. It is estimated that at least 50 percent of those diagnosed with PD will experience some form of depression during their illness, and up to 40 percent will experience an anxiety disorder. 

The Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson’s Outcomes Project found that taken together, mood, depression and anxiety have the greatest impact on health status, even more than the motor impairments commonly associated with the disease. 

Read more http://parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Symptoms/Non-Movement-Symptoms/Depression


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