How To Prepare Yourself Mentally For Surgery
If you are lucky you never have to experience surgery. But there are people who have to go through this. I had to go through this two years ago and I realized that there was little out there to help people emotionally. And as a lifestyle blogger I thought I would write about this part of life.
Therapy: This is an important part of the process. I wish I had done this more but I didn't. If you have the opportunity and the money, please go to therapy because it will allow you to talk to someone. Your therapist will give you coping strategies to use when your nerves kick in or when you are scared. The thing is, I find therapy to be a saving grace because sometime you can get stuck in your own thoughts and you need a professional to get you out.
Give Yourself Time If You Have It: I think it's important not rush into anything. Sometimes surgery will have to be right away, but if you can wait, wait and think it through. Fear is a scary thing and it can get a hold of you when it feels like you have no option. So, if you have time, take that time and think through your options . Also give yourself time to be and to think, allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling. Don't rush!
Research, But Don't Go Down A Rabbit Hole: Don't be a slave to Google but do your research. I think research is so important because it allows you to know what is out there. But, Google is not a doctor and there is a lot of scary things and stories out there about any and every illness so try your best not to fall into that whole. The best places to do your research is by going to professional sites or by asking your doctor for information. Here's a tip for when you get lost in the rabbit hole of google, look for the good stories and those who are saying positive things. Also, when it becomes too much, just turn it off.
Confront Your Worst Fears & The Worst Possible Outcome: When it comes to surgery or any illness we fear the worst case scenario. I will have to say that you have to confront and feel comfortable with the worst thing that can happen. For me, the type of surgery I was going to have might have resulted in me having a hysterectomy which was terrifying because I was only 26 at that time. Another risk was that if I had lyproscoptic surgery it could later cause cancer. So there was a lot to confront but each of those things were one precent or less but I still had to confront it!
Talk To Your Doctor & Write Down A Solid Game Plan: Your best and biggest resource is your doctor. The one who will be performing surgery on you. Go into every appointment before the surgery with questions and work out a plan with your doctor. I think if you go in with questions and you are able to write things down and create a plan, you are more likely to be calm and feel like you are able to get through this.
Have And Create A Community Around You: I think having friends and family around you is so important. The people that love you are your people and your community. Tap into that and let them be there for you. It is important to open yourself up to those who love you because at this moment in your life you need love and community!
*If you want to read my surgery story, click here!
*If you want to read about my recovery a year later, click here!
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