Painting, playing an instrument or simply dancing in your living room are all relaxing ways to express yourself. For many people with Parkinson's, these hobbies can also help manage certain symptoms.
Our community shared how their favorites, from beading jewelery to playing the euphonium, have helped them with Parkinson's symptoms and improved their sense of well-being.†Programs such as Dance for PD†offer training on how to use the arts to improve symptoms, but you can also enjoy these benefits by pursuing arts hobbies on your own.
ďGet creative and try to use your Parkinsonís, rather than be limited by it," advises Rachel Dolhun, MD, on staff movement disorder specialist at MJFF. "One of my patients loved to take photographs. Rather than giving up that hobby because her hands wouldnít stay still, she used her tremor to her advantage and the images contained beautiful shadows and unique trails of light induced by the shaking.Ē†