The hysterectomy process is anxiety inducing for most women. First you are tasked with the big decision – Is hysterectomy the right treatment for your fibroids, endometriosis or pelvic pain? Once you decide to go ahead with the hysterectomy surgery, you have to worry about the surgery itself. Yes, it is minimally invasive, but many women worry about complications, especially if they have never had surgery before. Then you have anxiety about the recovery period (time missed from work, school and family) and the after effects of having an organ removed. These changes are a lot for any woman to deal with.
Keep in mind that some anxiety is normal, but if your anxiety is so debilitating that you are unable to function and carry about your daily activities, it’s time to speak to your doctor. In addition to yoga and other relaxation therapies, you may need to try anti-anxiety medications to help you prepare for hysterectomy. Entering into the surgery process in a less anxious state will help you recover better after surgery. Try some of the following tips to relieve some of your anxiety before hysterectomy.
- Pick out the room in your house that will be your recovery room when you return from the surgery center. Stock the room with clean and fresh-smelling pillows, sheets and blankets. Set yourself up with DVDs, magazines and your iPad. You can even stock a drawer with easy to grab snacks like juice boxes, nuts and energy bars.
- Prepare some freezer meals that you and your family can eat when you are recovering at home. Many people find that cooking can be a great stress reliever.
- Walk, walk, walk, yoga, yoga, yoga and walk some more. Light physical exercise will not only take your mind off your worries about hysterectomy, but it will condition your heart and vascular system, leaving you in great shape for a quick and easy recovery from surgery.
- Try alternative therapies. Some women find that massage, acupuncture and hypnosis greatly alleviate anxiety. These therapies pose little risk, so it doesn’t hurt to give them a try to see if they can reduce your anxiety.