Hospital anxiety and fear of operations are incredibly common, so if you are worried about an upcoming health procedure, you are in good company. It’s likely that you will feel out of control – perhaps for the first time in your life – and when you go under with an anaesthetic, your life is literally in someone else’s hands.
There are also concerns about the outcomes of the surgery – will it improve your life, or make it worse? Most people have a lot riding on surgery, and a deep fear that it won’t work can often see them cancelling or postponing their ops time and time again.
If any of these fears or worries sound familiar, read on. These simple tips can help you overcome your hospital anxiety and fear of surgery. Let’s get started right away.
Trust runs both ways
Here are two people you need to trust before you go into an operation – your consultant and yourself. Having faith in the practitioner that is treating you is essential, and is probably the most important factor involved in calming any anxiety you will be having. Talk to them about your concerns, and they should help you to have confidence in them. Also, trust yourself. Part of your anxiety will be due to a lack of self-belief that you won’t manage things after the operation. Again, this is normal, but it is something you should bring up with your doctor.
If you are feeling anxious, you need to help yourself. Try meditation, eat healthy and clean food, and try putting all that anxious energy into exercise instead. A good workout can make you feel like you can take on the world, let alone a minor procedure.
A little knowledge can go a long way in calming your fears. Look at your procedure and find out all you can about it – but focus on all the information, not just the negative scare stories. Learn what to expect during your hospital stay, from the hospital furniture and equipment all the way through to the operation aftercare treatment. The more you know, the less there will be to surprise you – and, therefore, worry about.
Talk to your doctor about your aftercare plan, which should include recovery times and general time frames. Once you know what to expect, you can start making plans for your life directly after the procedure. Not only will this fill your time nicely, but it will also change your mindset to looking forward to life, rather than focusing on the single event of the surgery.
Act like you would if someone else was in your position
Finally, if you are dealing with a family member who is facing surgery, it is likely that you will do so in a strong, respectful, and encouraging manner. So why not use that approach on yourself? Other family members will be there for you in your time of need, and it’s important to surround yourself with support.
I hope some of these tips help you overcome your surgery fears – good luck and good health!