Having surgery puts your body under a huge amount of pressure, regardless of the type of operation you’ll get. Surgery is invasive by definition, which means it transforms your body from within. While this doesn’t mean you should cancel an upcoming operation, it’s essential to understand that nobody can hit the ground running after having surgery. 

You need to give your body time to recover and regain its strength.  

Your surgeon will provide instructions when you are discharged from the hospital. These can include wearing compression garments or taking medications frequently, for example. You might also receive advice about your post-surgery diet if your surgeon wants you to avoid some foods. Even if you have no diet guidance, it’s important to have healthy and nutritious meals to fuel the body with all the minerals and vitamins required to recover. Finally, you should take things easy: Pushing yourself could slow down your recovery process. So there’s nothing wrong with asking for help while you focus on healing. 

A lot of people still experience recovery issues despite sticking to these tips. So, here are 3 more recommendations to speed up the recovery process and avoid problems. 

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Embrace mindful routines

Stress is harmful in any stage of life. Stress can significantly slow down the healing process when you are recovering from surgery. The stress hormone affects your immune system, reducing its functions and benefits. Therefore, the body needs more time to heal. Additionally, stress can also contribute to developing harmful habits that will hurt your recovery chances. The Sunshine Behavioral Health center explains that stress and anxiety can lead to developing addictive behaviors. Someone who worries about the recovery process could seek relief through addictive substances, especially opioid painkillers. Unfortunately, high stress will only prevent healing and cause more health damage. Therefore, it can be beneficial to introduce mindful relaxation routines, such as meditation, journaling, or even yoga, 

Consider light exercises

Taking it easy post-surgery doesn’t mean you can’t be active. In fact, physical therapy could significantly speed up the recovery process. Indeed, exercising with a professional therapist can help recover and maintain your mobility and strength. After surgery, you might be tempted not to move the affected area. However, this could lead to muscle shrinkage and loss of mobility in the long term. With a PT, you can gradually train the area. Additionally, gentle exercises can reduce pain and swelling, encouraging the recovery process. 

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Laugh more often

Laughter is the best medicine. The saying comes to light during your post-surgery recovery. Indeed, laughing can be part of your recovery tool kit. Did you know that laughter can boost the immune system? Laughing actively decreases stress hormone production and improves the production of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Your body can heal quicker and protect itself better from infection risks during the recovery period. Besides, we all experience the beneficial stress-relief sensation from laughing. Stress, as mentioned above, affects both your mind and your immune system with dramatic consequences. But laughter, a free and accessible tool, can deliver physical and emotional relief. 

The body is a fantastic machine that is able of so much. You’d be surprised by how much simple choices, such as journaling or physical therapy, can transform and speed up the recovery process. Don’t take chances with your health, and give yourself the best chance of healing fast.