This blog post is by Julia Merrill. Ms Merrill is a retired nurse, who aims to provide tips on finding the right medical care, health insurance, and more. She has many years of experience in the medical field and runs the site BefriendYourDoc. Her mission is to close the gap between medical providers and their patients.
Scientists now know there is a link between our mental and emotional health and the body’s ability to heal itself after an operation. Stress has been shown to delay wound healing, especially after surgery. This is important to keep in mind if you’re planning for an upcoming surgery.
Whether your surgery results in complications or not, it is important to care for your mental and emotional well-being as your body heals from surgery. During your recovery process, there are many things you can do to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
If you have an upcoming surgery, one thing you can do to help prepare is to make your home a calm, peaceful environment. This will help you reduce stress and maintain a positive attitude as you recover from your upcoming surgery. Here are a few things to try:
Talk to your loved ones
Make sure your family understands the need for keeping your home environment calm in order to promote healing and recovery. This also goes for any caregivers who will be assisting you after your surgery.
You’ll have better success in maintaining a peaceful environment if everyone in the household is on board. As one researcher puts it, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Reducing slips, falls, and injuries is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself recover from any surgery. Because most falls are the result of changing positions, such as getting out of bed or going to the bathroom, it is important to remove any unnecessary objects or clutter from these areas.
Depending upon the type of operation you’re having, you might also consider purchasing a cane or walker to assist you with your daily activities. If you live by yourself, you might ask a relative, friend, or other trusted loved one to stay with you for a few days to help you perform daily tasks without injury.
Balanced lighting, especially natural sunlight, can be very beneficial to our health. By making some simple changes to the lighting in your home, you can promote healing. For instance, lighting impacts cortisol levels in the body and can affect our sleeping patterns.
Studies indicate that an ideal home environment will have temperatures set to 77 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with large windows, open curtains, and light bulbs that mimic natural sunlight.
Bring Nature into Your Home
Our connection to nature can help bring us home to ourselves. Research has shown that being around elements of nature can create a peaceful mind. To bring more elements of nature into your home, you might consider getting a potted plant or hanging a painting of a landscape or seascape somewhere that is clearly visible each day.
If you live in a big city other urban environment, you still have some options. Even the sounds of nature have been shown to relieve stress and promote healing. A simple option might be to watch meditative nature videos on YouTube or to play a CD of soothing nature sounds.
Above all else, follow your doctor’s orders during the healing process. The amount of time it will take to fully recover after your operation depends upon a number of factors, such as your age and health at the time of surgery, how well you follow postoperative care instructions, the complexity of the surgery and whether there were any complications.
Even if it takes longer than you had hoped, be patient with yourself. After all, your body has an astonishing ability to heal itself. By keeping the right attitude, following doctor’s orders, and preparing your home prior to your surgery, you’ll help yourself in your path to healthy recovery.
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