The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Relax

We know that having surgery can be a worrying time and you may have lots of questions. It’s important in the lead up to your operation that you take time to reduce stress and stay calm to help your mind and body prepare. Try to remain as relaxed as possible, our staff are very friendly and will help put you at ease on the day.

Being stressed or anxious about your surgery could mean that you need to stay in hospital longer and you are more at risk of complications or having to come back into hospital later on.  There are lots of resources available to help you to relax, from making changes to your routine, increasing the amount of sleep you are having, to trying out meditation.

If you have any questions about your operation please speak to your consultant or the pre-assessment team and they will be happy to help. You'll also find lots of information on our Next Steps page about what to expect when you come into hospital.

Resources:

  • Leeds Rhinos Active Social - Over 55s can take part in this free programme to improve their physical, mental and social well-being by taking part in regular activities.
  • 5 steps to mental wellbeing - Trying these steps could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
  • 10 stress busters - Read about how to identify and manage stress
  • I'm finding it hard to sleep -  find out why sleep is so important, what can be the effects of lack of sleep and what you can do to sleep better.
  • Sleep and tiredness - advice on why you might be tired all time, and when to get support