It is important to remember that bariatric surgery, despite being a laparoscopic procedure (only small incisions), is a major surgery. That is why it is vital to continue with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle after surgery. However, in addition to the care of the body, we must also seek to care for the mental health of our patients. Bariatric surgery is a procedure that changes people’s lives. This can cause worry, fear and the feeling of loss of control. For many, undergoing weight loss surgery, food was used as comfort or a coping mechanism to deal with what they consider stressful situations.
Our team of specialists will follow up the entire post-operative process of our patients, but nevertheless, we some advice on how to deal to deal with anxiety and its symptoms that may arise after having weight loss surgery and not being able to eat as before surgery:
- Breathing exercises. When we feel anxious, relaxing and breathing deeply is a good idea.
- Exercising continuously, following the recommendation of our team of specialists, helps to manage anxiety.
- Love Yourself. Remember what is important to you. Remember that the decision you have just made will have effects that will improve your health, your self-esteem and your life in general.
- Keep a food/feelings journal. Registering in a simple and easy way what we eat and what we are feeling while we are eating. This helps control stress and anxiety, and helps us to know ourselves.
- Organize your time. Have a pre determined time for each activity during your day including times for food and snacks, exercise, work, etc.
- Support network. The way you interact with others will change. Have a support network in place, people you know understand what you are going thru and are sympathetic to the changes in your lifestyle.
Remember that the purpose of bariatric surgery is not just to lose weight but also to have a healthier and fuller life. Healthy mind and healthy body. It’s on you.