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Relaxation Suggestions to Prepare for Hysterectomy

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Relaxing before hysterectomyDo you have any suggestions for relaxing? My hysterectomy is scheduled, and I am panicking.


This is a stressful time. The HysterSisters have compiled these ideas with suggestions on ways to relax.

Sleep. Lie on your back on the bed. Make sure your arms are by your side and you are completely still. Close your eyes and breathe in slowly through your nose, hold it a couple of seconds, then release it through your mouth. Feel how heavy your head is on the pillow. Feel how you form into the mattress. Let your arms and legs go completely limp. Let your body sink into your mattress. Continue to breathe deeply, taking your time. Smile. Think of the one place and time that you were at your very happiest and most relaxed.

Relax. Try using a linen spray on your pillow and sheets. Lavender and vanilla are favorites for relaxing.

Forgive. Choose to forgive anyone whom you continue to think about as a source of irritation in your life. The energy required to foster a grudge is heavier than forgiveness.

Pray. Take this time to relax in the arms of the One who made you and loves you.

Smile. If you're just plain stressed out, visualize something that made you genuinely smile. Something, someone, or some time that made you feel so GOOD. Embrace that. Focus on pure happiness.

Plan. Make an appointment with the anesthesiologist to discuss pain management. Plan to make your needs known to your surgeon and the hospital staff.

Soak. Gather your favorite soothing music whether it is jazz, classical, golden oldies, Carole King, or Simon and Garfunkel. Using fragance candles and bubble bath create a "get-away" environment in your bathroom.

Pamper. Schedule a massage or facial a day or two before your surgery. If you can afford it, set yourself up for a whole day of spa pampering.

Beautify. Schedule your hair appointment and a manicure too. Nail polish should be transparent as the hospital staff will not want you to have polish on your nails.

Escape. Take time out for a walk, rent a video, go see a movie, read your favorite book, or a quick weekend getaway.

Establish a Support Network. Gather your family and friends around you for a dinner or evening with dessert and coffee. Remind them of your love for each of them.

Breathe. Check out a relaxation CD at your local library or book store. Some provide guided breathing techniques with words of encouragement. There are also free apps available, too.

Memorize Scripture. Find verses in the Bible that comfort you. Memorize them and say them out loud and in your head when you need a reminder to yourself of its comfort.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-08-2003 - 07:41 AM


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