Functional outcomes after surgery are influenced by your mental health when entering surgery. The two main goals of optimizing your mental health prior to surgery are to reduce levels of stress and anxiety and to motivate you to follow a prehabilitation plan.
Practicing mindfulness can reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Practicing mindfulness can be as simple as sitting in one place and focusing on your breathing. If you are new to practicing mindfulness here is one way to get started.
It is important for you to feel that your mental health is being supported during the prehabilitation period. Oftentimes, simply discussing your emotions with someone can reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.
Many online resources exist to help you on your mindfulness journey:
www.headspace.com is a website that will help guide you through the practice of meditation and mindfulness.
Dr. Mike Evans Stress Managment video:
Surgery Prep Meditation: