Most of us are much better at taking care of others than we are at taking care of ourselves. Treating yourself well isn't selfish; it's smart – particularly in the face of illness or an upcoming surgery.
Making healthy choices and treating your body well will help reduce the risk of complications and speed up the healing process after your operation. Besides, taking care of yourself can boost confidence and make you feel better – both physically and mentally.
It's a vicious cycle: Stress and anxiety can affect your sleep, and tiredness fuels anxiety. Get at least six to eight hours per night of shut-eye. Your stress level will thank you for it.
By "well" we mean a balanced diet. Good nutrition is important both prior to and after any type of surgery.
Caffeine is a stimulant, and too much can leave you feeling jittery and nervous.
As busy as you are, don't skimp on time spent with friends and family – and by "family," we mean pets, too. Snuggle with your spouse, pet the dog or cat, wave and smile at a neighbor. Showing affection for others is good for beating stress.
Don't feel guilty about doing something special for yourself or asking not to be disturbed while you take a long, hot bath; watch a movie or visit with a friend you haven't seen in a while. Think of some luxuries you don't typically indulge in and put a few on your calendar. In fact, think of at least one thing for each week before your surgery. And plan something extra special for the week immediately before. Schedule the time just like you would any other important appointment or meeting.