With the holiday season coming up, certain stress factors are inevitable: finishing all of your work on time, booking flights, traveling, visiting family, holiday shopping – the list goes on and on. Undertaking plastic surgery during the holiday season definitely provides the additional time to plan, rest and recover. With all the additional stressors of the holiday season, taking the necessary steps to keep yourself mentally prepared will ensure the best experience possible.
Fear, worry and anxiety are to be expected when undergoing any form of surgery. While these emotions can be daunting, they can be kept at bay when you make the choice to keep a positive attitude. Do not focus on the negative. Keep yourself positive by writing down and repeating feel-good affirmations to yourself as often as needed. Meditation, prayer and inspiration can also help ease anxiety and keep your spirits high.
2)Create a support network.
Whenever you feel scared, depressed or lonely, consult the people that you love the most: your family and friends. Their support will be invaluable during the entire process, especially once you have undergone your procedure. Building a support network with them will ensure that you always have someone to talk to, encourage, comfort and assist you, no matter how hard it gets.
3)Get all of the facts.
This is not the time to be shy. Ask your doctor or surgeon any questions concerning the procedure long before you are about to go under the knife. Knowing what to expect before, immediately after and weeks after your surgery can help alleviate your anxieties, as well as allow you to fully trust your doctor or surgeon.
4)Take care of yourself.
Before and after the surgery, make sure you are maintaining proper nutrition, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest. Also, avoiding large amounts of alcohol and smoking are important in keeping your mental health in check. These things can be difficult to do around the holidays, but they’re vital in achieving the most positive experience possible.
5)Make your home as comfortable as possible for when you return.
Since this is where you will be spending the majority of your time after your surgery, it’s important that you feel comfortable and content in your home. Stock up on all necessary food, beverages and entertainment before your surgery to make your recovery period as pleasant as possible.
6)Keep your eyes on the prize.
Though you may experience some emotional and physical pain during the recovery period, remember why you wanted the surgery to begin with. Remind yourself that when all said and done, it’ll be worth it for the outcome you’ll get to enjoy.
7)Enjoy the end results.
When you’ve finally recovered, it’s time that you enjoy your new look and move forward in this new chapter of your life with more confidence than you’ve ever had before.
Though plastic surgery can be added stress during the holiday season, it doesn’t have to be if you mentally prepare yourself by following these helpful tips.