What do you do if you're having a bad day?

Living with Parkinson’s can be challenging at times. You may feel better or worse depending on how your symptoms are affecting you and what else is going on in your life. Here, people with Parkinson’s share how they cope when they’re finding things difficult.  

  • “Having the strength and courage - even if it doesn’t feel like that - to seek help via counselling is such a good step. It allows you to pour out your heart, tell it how it really is and be comforted by someone who accepts and understands.”

  • “Bad days always end. Cheesy though this may sound, a new day is a new day." 

  • “Lose yourself in a good book or film. Little things keep you going.”

  • “I find that listening to podcasts about healing and relaxation helps a lot. I’m a great believer in training the mind to influence the body.”

  • "Something that has been very important for me is gaining inspiration from other people with Parkinson’s who are positive in their approach to the condition. My exercise class has introduced me to several inspirational people and I am very grateful to know them."

  • “I get up each day and yes I plan, but if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. I have a motto, ‘It will be okay in the end’ - if it is not okay, then it is not the end.” 

  • “There will be good days and bad days, but even on bad days there will be something positive you just need to find it.”

  • “Never worry about having a moan, we all need to let off steam sometimes. Try not to be so hard on yourself.”

  • “Instead of remembering what you used to be like, think about what you could be doing now. Even if that’s just looking at the night sky, or sitting in the garden with sun on your face. Take time to enjoy these little things that most people zip past in a hurry. Be positive - it’s infectious.”

  • “Get in touch with your Parkinson’s nurse. Ours has been lovely and is always just a phone call away if we need to talk about anything.” 

  • “I keep myself going as much as I can, even if it means having my nails done or having a new haircut.” 

  • “I remember a simple technique from a counsellor I saw at the GP. She helped me get a bit of perspective around making me think of at least three things to feel good about.”

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It's open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Our trained advisers can provide support to anyone affected by Parkinson's, whether you're worried about symptoms, need more information about work, money and benefits, or just want to know what help is available to you.

Parkinson's and mental health

For many people living with Parkinson’s, mental health symptoms are the most distressing aspect of their condition. From depression and anxiety to hallucinations, memory problems and dementia.

We've got loads of information on managing your mental health with Parkinson's.