5 Tips To Help You Mentally Prepare For Surgery
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Every surgical procedure, no matter if it’s a routine maneuver or not, can cause emotional and psychological stress for the patient. But that’s nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it something you should simply “push through” with willpower alone. Instead, preparing mentally for surgery requires you to not only educate yourself on the procedure itself as well as the accompanying recovery protocol, but also find peace and tranquility in healthy lifestyle habits, and the people around you. With that in mind, here are some effective tips that will help you, or your loved one, mentally prepare for surgery.
Have a long chat with your surgeon
The doctor who will be handling the procedure is your guide, a person you can lean on during this trying period, a professional who can significantly influence your mindset and help you attain a peace of mind necessary to make the process as smooth as possible. This person is here to reassure you that you are in safe hands. So use them to gain a concrete perspective about your condition.
Hard facts can have a profound positive influence on your emotional and psychological well-being, and the more you know about your condition and your procedure, the less you will be tempted to find answers in untrustworthy sources. Trust in your doctor’s capabilities, and ask every question that comes to mind.
Always consider legal sedatives
It’s only natural to be afraid, and no one should convince you that you need to act strong if you don’t feel like it. Pushing through the stress and the fear all on your own can seem like an insurmountable task, which is why you need to inquire with your doctor about possible stress-management options during the period leading up to the surgery.
Particularly, you can inquire about proper sedation options on the very day of the procedure, as this tends to be the most stressful day of all for patients. If you notice the anxiety and fear start to kick in, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for a legal sedative that will help you retain a positive outlook.
Educate yourself about the procedure
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Talking to your doctor about your condition and the procedure itself is important, but it’s not the only way to ease a troubled mind, nor can you hope to have your physician on the phone whenever you feel like it. No, you need to do your own homework and obtain the right information from credible sources.
Nowadays, doctors are increasingly taking on an educational role in their patients’ lives, and putting up informational videos on their websites, like the ones on the website of Dr Timothy Steel who uses surgery videos and informative articles to educate and prepare patients for every procedure. The best thing you can do for your peace of mind is to research the procedure using these kind of sources, and refrain from venturing on to forums and other dubious sources.
Practice healthy calming habits
Armed with the information you need to quiet your mind and banish doubt, you can move on to healthy self-calming techniques and habits that will help you become mentally and physically readier for the procedure ahead. Depending on your condition and the time you have before the surgery, you can choose to adopt a number of healthy habits on a daily basis.
Consider mindful meditation in the morning and in the evening to calm the mind and the soul, and banish negativity. If you can, combine meditation with yoga or any other form of light physical activity – within a healthy body resides a healthy mind, after all. Lastly, stick to a healthy diet. You want to boost your health as much as possible before the surgery, so be sure to eat plenty of whole foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Learn about proper recovery
On a final note, it’s important to think about what the future holds for you, and how you can maximize your recovery. Making a detailed recovery plan will also help you put your mind at ease and adopt a more positive, can-do mindset that will allow you to recover faster. Keep in mind that the body does what the mind tells it, so learn as much as you can about proper recovery procedures, and how you can get back on your feet safely and quickly.
There is no denying that preparing for a surgery is a stressful process, but that doesn’t mean that you have to relinquish control of your emotional well-being. Quite the contrary, use these tips to banish anxiety, insecurity, and fear, and imbue your mind, body, and soul with positive thoughts of a healthy and vibrant future.
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