Better wellbeing before surgery helps you recover after surgery.

When you’re waiting for surgery, you may feel more worried than usual. Your problems may not seem health related. For example, issues with money, family, or housing can affect your wellbeing.

Wellbeing and surgery
  • Having surgery or treatment can be stressful. We understand that the time leading up to this can be worrying. This can make you feel anxious. It can be bad for your general wellbeing. Feeling stressed and anxious can also affect things like the quality of your sleep.
  • By reducing your anxiety and improving your wellbeing, you can experience a much smoother journey through hospital. That can mean less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
  • It is important to understand that it is normal to feel anxious before a surgery or treatment.

    But there are things you can do to help improve your wellbeing and reduce anxiety.

There are many ways to improve your wellbeing. Different people will find that they have different methods, but some common options are:

  • Exercise: especially relaxing options such as yoga or tai chi.
  • Talking: A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • Breathing exercises
  • Relaxation techniques such as relaxing music, meditation or mindfulness; These can be guided using apps such as ‘stress and anxiety companion’ on android and Apple stores
  • Learn something new or take up a new hobby such as cooking or singing.
  • Your family and friends are a great source of support. Caring company will help you offload worries and relieve anxiety.
  • There may be support groups or services available where you can talk to people who have been through similar experiences. You may find this useful. Ask about these at your hospital appointments.
  • Your GP may be able to refer you to specialist services.
  • Keep in touch with people and talk about your worries.
  • Exercise will help you feel better. A little is better than none.
  • Set a routine with time aside as ‘worry time’ to focus on any concerns. Then move on with your day.
  • Write down your worries or keep a diary before bed. Plan time to review them later.
  • Get fresh air. Sunlight and nature are good for you.
  • Learn a new skill like DIY or cooking. The success of learning can boost your self-esteem.
  • Ask for help if you need it.