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There are now some virtual classes being run on Facebook by Parkinson’s UK - look at Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity and Exercise page, you’ll need to ask to join as it’s a closed group and also look at Parkinson’s UK page. The classes are then going on to the Parkinson’s UK YouTube page. I wasn’t aware of either of these existing so I’ve learnt something new to pass on to everyone I now meet! We’ve also had a message from our Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Natalie Mincher- Lockett: Hi everyone Firstly I do so hope you are all keeping safe and keeping well. How much things have changed in such a short space of time. It all feels a little like a dream doesn’t it?! I don’t know about you all, but I certainly miss seeing others and seeing you all in the group. I’m also anxious that we maintain our speech and don’t forget our KEEP LOUD moto! Although, I’m not sure this would ever happen given how much I nag you all!!! With this in mind, we have started a virtual group online through Zoom. They have been very successful, rather fun and have been much easier than we expected - so please don’t be put off! I would be more than happy to talk people through it and even have little practise runs with people if needed. If you would like to be part of this group then please just let me know. If you could either email me on natalie@speechadvance.co.uk or text on 07980260234 to express your interest, let me know your mobile number and email address and give consent for me to contact you that would be brilliant. Once I have people’s details, I can then give them instructions of how to access the group. Our next group is on Thursday 14 May at 2pm. If you have any queries or need any more information please don’t hesitate to contact me. So looking forward to seeing you all! In the meantime keep safe and keep well and most definitely KEEP LOUD!! Staying at home and managing your mental health We've been told to stay at home. And it's natural to feel worried, concerned about friends or family, or anxious about how your medical care might be affected. Parkinsons’ UK have shared some tips and ideas for looking after your mental wellbeing while you're staying at home: 1 . Keep in touch with people any way you can It’s important to stay connected with family, friends and essential services as much as you can. Try to schedule contact with others into your daily routine, so you speak to at least one person each day. Hold video chats with friends so you can see people as well as hearing their voices. Don’t be afraid to ask family, friends, or neighbours to give you a call. If you can’t speak to someone you know, the Parkinson’s UK helpline (0808 800 0303) can offer emotional support. Online forums can help keep you connected with other people. You can join the Parkinson’s UK forum and start chatting to people who know what you're going through. 2. Plan a routine Think about your normal daily routine and stick to it as much as possible. For example, try to get up and dressed, eat and exercise at the same time each day. Keeping to a routine maintains a sense of normality. It can also help you keep busy and distract you from thinking too much about other things. 3. Be aware of where you're getting your information from and how much you're checking news We can now get continuous news and information from lots of different places. You might find some content worrying, overwhelming or in some cases misleading, so it is important to be mindful of this.
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