15 ways to just say no to standing still when faced with a freezing episode…
- If you’re in class, try counting out punches when freezing happens – either 1234 or actual punch combo numbers.
- Lift up your hands to the side while breathing in, then just let them drop. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
- 5 S method: Stop. Stand tall. Shake it off. Shift your weight. Step big.
- Hydrate regularly: This can help.
- While walking, hold onto something you can kick in front of you when freezing starts.
- Find ways to practice bigger steps every day: Run/walk with high knees, skip, or swing your arms to the sky.
- Shift your weight side to side.
- Use a prop to distract yourself. One option: Dribble a basketball.
- Tap your limbs that are freezing.
- Carry a laser pointer in your pocket. When you freeze, shine the laser in front of your foot and step on the light. This cue can help you re-start.
- Follow the beats of a metronome: There are metronome apps for your phone, so you never need to be without one.
- Call out 123go to see if this helps you get moving. Not only can this help with freezing, but also hypophonia.
- Move your arms first, don’t worry about your legs.
- Walking with a friend, family or caregiver? Have them put their foot sideways in front of yours so that you can step over.
- Have someone snap a finger in front of you.
Also, did you know this? Sometimes freezing happens when you’re due for your next dose of dopaminergic medications like Sinemet a.k.a. carbidopa/levodopa. This is called “off” freezing. Usually, the freezing episodes lessen after taking the medicine.