Annual doctor visits can help to prevent any problems before they get too serious but unfortunately, most people skip these visits because either life gets in the way, you feel fine so you don’t think you need to go or you have been having pain and are nervous you may need surgery!  If you have concerns it is always a good idea to take a visit to your doctor because more often than not these symptoms will not just disappear. Surgery is scary and no one wants it but if treated early your recovery time may be shorter than if you waited until you had unbearable pain! Surgery is stressful so if you are recovering or are having an upcoming surgery here are my top tips for making the best out of your recovery!

Listen to your doctor-  Follow all instructions given by your doctor, not just the ones that you felt weren’t stupid and are appropriate for your needs. This sounds like a no-brainer but some people do not follow the instructions given by their doctor but failing to do so can lead to infections so although something may seem stupid I assure you there is a reason for it and ignoring it may put you back in the hospital! If you want a speedy recovery with minimal complications then don’t ignore your doctor’s instructions.

Take control of your mental health- No one likes to listen to people who complain about their lives all the time but people who are recovering from surgery really don’t want to listen to it. You are generally more stressed when you are recovering from surgery so to help reduce some of that stress stop talking to people who don’t make you feel good about yourself!

Have an itch?- If you had to get stitches at some point when it starts to heal it is going to start to itch! To avoid unwanted scarring try your best not to scratch but instead do something else that gets your mind off of it! Itching from an incision is usually a sign that it is healing so although it may be tempting to scratch it resisting the urge will help it heal faster!

Light exercise- If you are like me and love to exercise then after you have a procedure you may be tempted to get back to the gym as soon as possible. Working out has a lot of benefits but not allowing your body enough time to heal after surgery will not be benefiting your body in any way but in fact, be doing more harm than good. If you have gotten the medical clearance to exercise low-intensity exercises such as Pilates or Yoga are always helpful until you are ready to get back into your HIIT training!

Pay attention to your nutrition- Light physical activity may be okay after some procedures but not all and in some cases, complete bed rest may be required. If that is the case focusing on your nutrition will be the most helpful in avoiding weight gain until you have the medical clearance to get back to the gym.

When you are recovering from surgery listening to your body and not doing too much too soon is so important! Remember your body needs to heal, don’t be afraid to slow down if you feel that you overdid it one day! This post is dedicated to a friend of mine who is currently recovering from surgery. Life may be difficult right now but always remember that the pain you are feeling right now is temporary and will get better with proper rest and recovery. If you have any questions about how to make the best of your recovery or have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.