Recovering from an operation


I’ve had my appendix out and it has knocked me for six. I went down to 6.5 stone in a week and had to have bed rest for almost 3 weeks.

As someone who likes to be active, self sufficient and is generally a happy soul – the quick descent into darkness was frightening. It's very debilitating when you can’t move and look after yourself.

As with anything you have to have a strategy, here's what helped me to cope:

Meditate for at least 30 minutes every day at the same time. Meditation helps to deal with your demons, makes you more accepting of your predicament.

Restorative yoga: a simple constructive rest position, knees bent, feet on the floor and an eye pillow on my eyes. Breathing into the painful area and allowing the exhale to release the tight muscles.

Draw on your community, you don’t have to have lots of friends or family but do call or text the ones you have. When life doesn’t go well the tendency is to hide and feel sorry for yourself. Being okay about being vulnerable is good for all of us, those who go through it and those you share it with. The shared experiences in life are what makes us human. People love to help and listen if given a chance.

Accept that it will take time, your body is a good healer and will give you the message when it is ready to go. Sleep a lot, eat nourishing foods and come back stronger.

Nahid de Belgeonne is the Founder and Director of Good Vibes

26 August 2013