We like to think the following advice will help you in some way to feel calm and relaxed prior to your procedure. We know that the prospect of surgery can be stressful, no matter how much you prepare. Here are some tips to try and alleviate some of your potential pre-surgery stress: • Sit in a quiet space and take slow breaths whist relaxing your muscles, try this for 5-10 minutes several times a day in the run-up to your procedure day. • Listen to relaxing music that you enjoy (not whale sounds unless that is in your most played on iTunes) • Relaxing in a warm bath or shower, candles and soothing bubble baths can help. Our favourite is Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt by The Body Shop, which creates creamy bubbles from fair trade honey. Our relaxing candle top pick goes to Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle. This is not only for the great name but the scents of lavender and eucalyptus will be sure to restore harmony.01 • Think positive thoughts. • Book a massage or ask a partner or loved one; this will help with tense muscles. • Go for quiet 10-15 minute walks in nature, a park or less built up areas.

"Relaxation Response" Meditation

A simple but very effective technique for relaxation is form of meditation called "Relaxation Response". Once you have learned how, this can help relieve stress and tension from any given situation. This can be carried out for only 10 minutes per day. We would advise to do so before bed as this is when the mind can be most active causing disrupted sleep or insomnia. This technique was developed by Herbert Benson, MD at Harvard medical school. Here is how it is done: 1. Pick a short word or phrase such as “hi” or “one” 2. Sit in a comfortable position quietly 3. Close your eyes 4. Relax your muscles starting with your feet continuing up to your face. 5. Breathe slowly and as you do so, say the word silently as you exhale. 6. Don’t over think it, when thoughts come into your head gently return to your repetition. 7. Continue for 10 minutes; you can open your eyes to check the time. 8. When you finish, sit quietly for a few minutes allowing other thoughts to return. Open your eyes and sit for a further minute before rising. 9. Practice daily and maybe even involve your partner or family. snow-white-sleeping-reaction-gif Do you have any other tips to help relax? Tweet them to us @mya_tweet using the #MYAKeepCalm