Cosmetic Surgery Anxiety? 7 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

EliseR on 31 Aug 2011 at 4:18pm

So the big day for the new you has finally arrived! Up until today you were shaking with excitement, but now you're scared out of your mind. Try these 7 tips to help yourself relax:

1. Deep Breath
Breathing exercises can lower your blood pressure up to 20 points! Simply breathe in, hold it for one second, breathe out. Repeat until you feel calmer.

2. In a Pinch?
Pinch your earlobe between your thumb and forefinger. Give it a tug. Pull and rub the surface of both ears. It sounds a little bizarre but it's been used as an acupressure trick for anxiety since long before you were born.

3. Clench
Clench your muscles for thirty seconds. Relax. Repeat until you feel calmer. Nervousness is partially caused by your body releasing a surge of adrenaline. Tensing your muscles can help use up that adrenaline, but if it's not enough...

relieve surgery anxiety4. Walk it out
Fitting in a brisk walk before your appointment can chip away at that nervous energy. Exercise is the best way to control stress.

5. Visualize
Visualize a positive outcome- picture that flat stomach or perfectly shaped nose that awaits you when you wake up. With enough positive thinking you can turn that nervousness back into excitement.

6. Find Your Happy Place
Take a mental vacation by imagining yourself in a calm, safe environment. It can be a place you've been before or something completely made up. Visualization is an effective form of meditation used to combat anxiety.

7. Smile
The simple act of smiling sends out a signal that your brain registers as happiness. In response, your brain releases Serotonin and Endorphins. These hormones release tensions in your body and relax your muscles. As a bonus, smiling is also said to boost your immune system. So by simply smiling you can reassure your brain that all is well and prepare your body for the changes to come!

Freaked for Surgery? 7 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

And remember: always listen to your gut. If you're having more second thoughts than just plain nerves, remember that there's nothing wrong with backing out or postponing -- even if it means losing your deposit.

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