How To Prepare Yourself Mentally For Surgery

Randox Health
Jan 4, 2017 · 3 min read

You just left your doctor’s office. You received the news. Your doctor and health care team have no other options. You must have surgery. Your mind is going in a million different directions. You are worried, even slightly panicked. You are not sure what to do or how you are going to get through this. Stop right there, don’t be afraid — there is good news. There are steps you can take to quell your fears and mentally prepare yourself for surgery.

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Educate Yourself
Much of the fear you are experiencing is coming from the great unknown that is looming on the horizon. So why not address the unknown right away? Take the unknown head on and remove it from the equation. Find out as much information as you can about your upcoming surgery from reputable sources. All the information is out there. Take some time and find it. As you do, you might find the surgery is a lot less frightening than you originally thought.

Get Your Questions Answered
What are the benefits of the surgery? What risks are associated with the procedure? What outcomes can I expect? How is the surgery performed? These question might be swirling around your head, so why not get them answered? Talk to your doctor and health care team. Hearing them address your questions may calm you and put your mind at ease. Remember, health care professionals are there to assist you. They want you to feel comfortable and are happy to help you. So take advantage of the opportunity. Have your health care team walk you through what to expect from the surgery. They are on your side, so let them ease your mind.

When you are feeling stressed about something, exercise is always a good idea. Exercise can have a profound impact on mental health. Recent studies have shown that aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling, and walking can reduce anxiety and depression. Exercise has also been shown to increase focus and improve overall mood. When your mind is right you can think clearly, and thinking clearly about your surgery will allow you to take it on at full steam. In addition, regular exercise before surgery will help strengthen your body for the procedure and aid you in the recovery process.

Breathing Exercises
Focusing on your breath during turbulent times can calm your mind and body and relieve stress. No matter how much research you do on your surgery or how many times you speak to your doctor about your upcoming procedure, you may still have periods of angst. Breathing exercises can be a huge help in those times. Focus on your breath and use it to bring your mind peace.

If you are looking for an activity to combine exercise with stretching and breathing exercises, look no further than yoga. Practicing yoga before surgery is a good way to mentally relax and focus yourself while exercising and learning breathing techniques. If you’ve never tried yoga, before your surgery may be the best time for you to attempt it. Yoga possesses the potential to put you in the mindset you need to fully prepare yourself for your procedure.

Prepare for Recovery
No matter what kind of surgery you will be having, there will definitely be a post-operative recovery period. So why not prepare for it before you undergo the procedure? Knowing you have everything ready for your recovery and visualizing yourself recovering may put your mind at ease and get you ready for the procedure itself.

It is the night before your surgery. You have been regularly exercising. All your questions have been answered and you have prepared everything you need for your return home from the hospital. Your mind is at ease and you feel calm and relaxed. You lay your head down on your pillow, close your eyes and wonder, why was I ever afraid of surgery? It is something that is going to help me. Before you know it, you’re asleep without any concerns for the next day.

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