You can’t deny that living with Parkinson’s can grind you down and leave you feeling utterly uninspired to work out. Exercising in Parkinson’s is generally considered a physical activity, but plenty of it is mental. It takes courage to start a routine and tenacity to stick to it.
Luckily, the right inspiring lyrics can provide that little lift Parkinson’s fighters occasionally need to stick to their exercise regimen. With the likable beats, they can act as words of inspiration and reaffirm your belief in your abilities. Here is a list of 7 inspiring songs (in chronological order) that can help you stay positive and take charge of your health. Follow respective link to listen to the song.
1. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
To live well with Parkinson’s, you need to recognize how beautiful life is. And, that’s what “What a Wonderful World” does. Life is not in black and white. There is so much color out there to keep yourself motivated for life.
Possibly the greatest feel-good song of all time, “What a Wonderful World” is few minutes of pure happiness that flings you straight into summer. There are loads of cover versions, but the joyous original still wins hands down.
2. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
This particular song is chosen based on its ability to encourage and promote hope in Parkinson’s. Lines like “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting” can help you understand that even if the progress is slow, progress is still being made. It helps you celebrate your victories and achievements, no matter how small. “Here Comes the Sun” has some uplifting beats and can put you in a good mood.
3. “Get up Stand up” by Bob Marley
Released in 1975, the song can serve as a great workout song for Parkinson’s fighters. Whenever you tend to lose hope and stop your exercise midway, “Get up, Stand up” can help you realize that “It’s not over yet.” The song’s theme about rising through hardships can help you squash your self-doubts.
4. “We are the Champions” by Queen
A motivational anthem released in 1977, “We are the Champions” is guaranteed to put you in the right zone. This uplifting smash hit encourages us to admit that we all make mistakes. What is important is learning from them and then living the life with arms wide open. Every line of the song oozes encouragement and motivates us to start afresh.
5. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
This ultimately empowering disco anthem is indeed a classic motivational tune. “I Will Survive” is an inspirational anthem, particularly for women Parkinson’s fighters that can help them believe in themselves and their abilities. It is a great song to listen to when you find yourself at crossroads or need that extra push. Lyrics will lift you up and inspire you to reach your fullest potential, even in ‘not so suitable’ circumstances.
6. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
Released in 1983, “I’m Still Standing” is all about triumph in the face of adversity. Although the song was written as a post-break-up song, many of Parkinson’s fighter can see it as a statement of their undiscovered toughness.
- “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
There’s something beautiful about almost everything. “Beautiful” inspires you not to focus on the negatives, but the positives. It can help you take control of your mind and meditate. At the end of this song, you will find yourself focusing on your objective rather than wasting your energy on the things you can’t control. The song is all about the importance of being unique, helping you to be true to yourself and unafraid in a difficult world.
This Blog is contributed by Dr. Deepak Kr. Nain. He is a certified therapist who specializes in the field of rehabilitation. Deepak possesses a clinical expertise in prescribing the best solutions to help people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).