Surgery can be scary. As human beings, it is only natural that most of us are not too keen on having complete strangers cut open sections of our bodies. Because of this, a large amount of people feel anxious or nervous before they are wheeled into the operating room. Again, while this is a completely normal feeling to have, especially in the case of life-threatening situations, there are ways of combating that fear. Here are a few helpful tips on how to prepare for your upcoming surgery.
Understand the Procedure
One of the simplest ways of combating any form of fear or anxiety is through understanding. By taking the time to learn about the procedure, you can get a better sense of what will be happening to your body. This can also help you better prepare for your surgery. If you have any questions about what to expect, make sure to ask your physician. He or she will be more than willing to answer your questions and calm your nerves. And for some extra assurance, your physician can usually provide you with a pamphlet of your procedure, which include helpful, easy-to-read bullet points. And do not spend time on the Internet looking up the procedure. It will lead to a variety of different responses and thoughts, thus exacerbating your anxiety. If you must use the Internet, trust only credible sources.
Health is Your Ally
It does not matter what kind of surgery you are going in for, it is always best to be your healthiest beforehand. Depending on your situation, you may or may not be able to get yourself in a healthier state. However, for those who can, make sure to exercise and become more active, as well as eat healthier. This is, of course, a generalization of surgery. If your physician has given you a specific diet or strict instructions to limit movement and activity for whatever reason before your surgery, obviously, it is in your best interest to take his or her advice.
While nerves and anxiety will more than likely still be present just before surgery, you can lessen the burden by practicing yoga, or other relaxation methods. Relax your breathing, find your inner strength, and force out that negative and fearful energy! Try to meditate as close to the time of surgery as possible, as this will get you to your most relaxed state right before surgery. While yoga may not naturally be for everybody, it doesn’t hurt to utilize all of the tools for relaxation at your disposal.