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Nurturing Your Inner Self after Hysterectomy
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What can I do during recovery to take care of my inner self while I am so focused on my physical well-being?
Following a hysterectomy, you will be very focused your physical healing. However, recovery is also a good time to focus on your inner self. Of course, everyone will have different methods for doing this, but these suggestions may be a good place to start.
One simple thing you can do is listen to beautiful, relaxing music while you rest. Whether it be classical, jazz, religious, or otherwise, a good choice of music can be very soothing to your mind and soul and can help you stay positive during your recovery.
Sunshine and the outdoors also help. Depending on the weather, you might sit on the porch in the sunshine. If that is not possible, maybe you can talk a family member or friend into moving your recliner by the window. You can listen to the birds singing in the trees, watch as butterflies flutter by, watch the clouds change shapes, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
A gratitude journal is a great way to soothe your soul by reflecting upon the many blessings in your life. This can be a fifty cent notebook, a leather-bound journal, or even a digital document. This is a place to consider all the people, events, and childhood memories you are grateful for. If you feel so inclined, you might even write thank you cards or letters of appreciation to the people you've listed.
If you would like to explore your artistic side, writing poetry or sketching pictures can also be uplifting. Art can be a great way to express and learn new things about yourself.
Reading literature, poetry, and light fiction can be soothing and uplifting as well. There are countless written works that can guide, inspire, enlighten, and/or simply entertain you. If you are unsure of what to read, you might start by asking your friends.
Last but not least, take some time to enjoy the quiet. Sometimes silence and stillness can be just what your soul needs to recuperate.
A major life-changing event can have an enormous impact on your life, bringing with it lessons both big and small. You can take this time to learn from those lessons so when your recovery is over, you are better both physically and spiritually.
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.
11-23-2013 - 04:01 PM
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