Dealing with illness and surgery is an extremely stressful experience for most people. Stress can have an effect on a person both physically and emotionally. To assist in coping it is often very beneficial to incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine both pre-surgically and during recovery.
The following are some techniques to consider, but remember not every technique works for everyone. Practice a variety of techniques to find what works best for you.
- Deep breathing - Slow, rhythmic breathing from the diaphragm can help you to relax. Sometimes incorporating a comforting word or phrase is helpful.
- Meditation - There are numerous books available on a variety of techniques.
- Guided imagery - This technique encourages visualization of different images that suggest comfort, relaxation and healing. There are tapes that you can purchase, or you can create your own from a script.
- Get some distraction - Do something you enjoy that helps you to get your mind off your worries. Go to a movie, get outside in nature, listen to music, do a hobby that you enjoy or take a drive.
- Exercise - To the extent that you are able, try to do some kind of regular, gentle physical activity. Take a walk, do a little gardening or do whatever you enjoy that will also get you moving. Always consult your doctor prior to starting any kind of exercise routine.