To ease our fear, we tell ourselves that there's no reason to worry. Countless surgeries such as the one we’re undergoing are successfully executed every day. Just as we start feeling a little less anxious, we remember the cautionary words of our doctor telling us of the risks of any surgery, and our fear mounts again!
Here are three tips to help keep your heart and soul centered and calm in the hours before surgery.
First, stay conscious until you are unconscious. In other words, be attentive and present to each moment rather than projecting yourself forward into all the possible outcomes that may or may not occur. All you really have (surgery or not) is this moment. Right now. This moment you are alive, breathing, seeing, tasting, feeling, hearing. Don't lose this moment.
Second, learn something new. Read a book, watch a movie or documentary, have a stimulating conversation with a friend, read a magazine you would not regularly purchase. Let your mind expand to take in something new. Thoughts of fear dissipate when your mind is engaged and new information is being considered.
Third, prepare to meet God. Go within your soul and find God's presence there. Affirm that in God's presence all is well. You are 'in good hands!' Come to a space of acceptance that whether you live or die, you are eternally held in God's presence.
Medical science is an awesome gift from God that gives life and relief from pain in astounding ways. As with everything else in life, there are risks and it’s natural to feel fearful about those risks. Still, these tips may help you keep the focus on health rather than fear. Come to think of it, these tips might be useful whenever you’re feeling fearful or anxious – not just when you’re preparing for surgery!