Feeling nervous and stressed out is normal before a nose job. You may have restless nights as you approach the day of your surgery. Therefore, finding a way to help you relax and feel peaceful is the first step you need to take prior to the operation. Here are some relaxation techniques you may need to reduce stress:
Sit up straight on the floor. Close your eyes. Repeat a mantra (motivating utterance) like “I love myself,” “I feel at peace,” or “Trust God and get going.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let negative thoughts be washed away from your mind.
Massage therapy focuses on increasing the temperature in the soft tissues in your body thus releasing more hormones. When your tissues relax, you will experience fewer negative feelings and your anxiety will be reduced. Having a massage a few times before rhinoplasty can help you manage the stress and think with a clear mind about what you really want and need.
Even though you might have your concerns about the surgery, try to have a positive mind. Stop thinking about what might go wrong and think about how good will your new appearance be. Remember that rhinoplasty surgery is quite safe now and with an experienced surgeon, you will have nothing to worry about.
Finding someone who can be there for you
Having some who can help be there for you and listen to your fears and concerns can help you overcome your fears and manage the anxiety. This person can be a friend, family member, or anyone whom you trust and can speak to easily.
You do not always need to talk to this person as any usual activity like having lunch or drinking tea with him/her can help you feel better.
Finding something to distract you
What is a better way to reduce stress and anxiety better than just forgetting about them? Even if you only forget about them for a while, you will spend some time worry-free. Try to practice a hobby that you like such as reading, playing sports, watching a movie, or any other activity that makes you happy. Some people might look at this as a way to escape your fears, but if it can help you then why not?
If you are a smoker, you might have noticed that you may feel the need to smoke a cigarette to relax. This happens because your body feels stressed when it needs a cigarette. Keep in mind that a cigarette might reduce your stress in the short term but it will increase the risks of having surgical complications and it can delay the recovery process.
Quitting smoking can be hard. Therefore, you should try it a while before the surgery so you do not feel the need to smoke before the surgery.
Having faith in your surgeon and the medical team
When you have faith in your medical team and be certain that they have the skills and experience to achieve the results you want without risking your life, you will not have to worry about your surgery.
To develop such trust, you can ask to see some pictures of other patients who underwent the surgery before by the surgeon and look into their credentials. Above all, you just need to accept that he/she has the needed experience and knowledge to perform the surgery.
Learn about breathing exercises
Yoga is a set of physical, mental and spiritual practices that help you control your mind and body and can greatly reduce stress.
Visualizing that your dreams and expectations have come true is a technique used by successful athletes and rich businessmen. Although it may not be as effective for you as for them (because you have less control over the procedure), it gives you positive energy and optimism that helps you be as much prepared as possible for your surgery. To do that, find a quiet place where you can be alone with yourself (like your room before sleep), close your eyes, relax your body, see yourself completely prepared for your nose job, then imagine the process of surgery with smiling doctors perfectly doing their job, see the end of the procedure in a positive atmosphere, then the recovery period going well as planned, and finally imagine yourself seeing yourself in the mirror and smiling with deep satisfaction.
Other relaxation practices include:
- Thai Chi