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5 Steps to Less Stress after Hysterectomy

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5 Steps to Less Stress after hysterectomy
Life after a hysterectomy can get a little hectic. Some women have more doctor appointments to track. Some women have less memory power to track a normal schedule. Others battle with hormone levels that create stress, anxiety, or even panic attacks.

Here are 5 steps to help you reduce stress:

1. Keep a calendar.
Choose a calendar that you can keep with you on the go. Whenever you make a doctor appointment, write it down. When you make a lunch date with friends, write it down. Refer to your calendar often to keep from overbooking, double booking, or missing appointments.

2. Keep things Simple.
American author Henry David Thoreau once penned, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” Remember this as you fill in your calendar. Sometimes less really is more.

3. Eat well.
Believe it or not, your diet affects your stress levels. Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, spicy foods, and processed foods all actually increase stress levels. Instead, try to incorporate foods with B vitamins, folic acid and other stress-reducing nutrients. Asparagus, beef, milk, blueberries, almonds, fish, oranges, and spinach are all good choices for reducing stress levels.

4. Sleep on It.
Getting enough sleep and rest are important for keeping stress levels at bay (and for general health for that matter). Humans naturally get crankier when they don’t get enough sleep and/or rest. In addition to getting enough sleep, it's good to get on a consistent schedule. Scheduling breaks into your busy day schedule might be helpful, too!

5. Laugh it Off.
It's hard to stay stressed when you’re laughing. If you start to feel stress building, take a break to do something fun. Turn on some music and dance with your family (or maybe just a broom if no one is around!), play a game—do something that will take your mind off your stresses and worries and help you relax. Laughter really can be the best medicine!

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.

06-16-2014 - 09:58 AM


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