The approach to fueling your body well for surgery will be unique to your individual circumstance. That being said, there are some general things that most people will be able to do. Here are 3 tips for fueling your body to prepare for surgery.
Plus, below the 3-tips, you’ll find a letter. Although it was written to a specific person about her specific circumstance, I am hopeful that it will encourage you to think about ways you can partner with your own human vehicle as you prepare for surgery.
3 tips for Fueling your Body to Prepare for Surgery
Fuel your Body with powerful thoughts by setting clear intentions. Have a focused outcome. The power of your thoughts can boost your immunity. And the power of your intentions will impact your mood and your drive to take the actions you need to take on your road to recovery.
- 3- minute routineFuel your Body with Motion by doing the 3-minute routine daily for a few days before and a few days after the surgery. If the marching in the routine is too much, do those motions from a seated position. (Here’s a link to the 3-minute routine)
- BreathFuel your cells by breathing deeply and consciously. Feed every cell in your body with oxygen. If you are comfortable committing to it, I’d encourage to you to breath consciously for 2 minutes every day for a month (even 2-3 times a day if you are willing and able). As you are breathing, place your hands on your chest and your belly as a tactical cue to remind you to breath all the way into your body. Often times when we are under stress, we start taking more shallow breaths without even realizing it.On the inhale, visualize the oxygen feeding your cells. Then exhale for longer than you inhale and visualize releasing all the stale air- taking with it any energy or thoughts that no longer serve you. In an effort to keep the things you are visualizing uplifting, once you picture all that staleness leaving your body, think about the harmonious connection between you and nature–your exhale will be converted by nature into fuel.
Letter to Victoria
As we get ready to peer into someone else’s world, I encourage you to take a breath and set an intention that you can pull out the ideas from this letter that resonate with you and your wonderful human vehicle. Have you taken that breath? Set that intention? Great!
Below is a letter to a dear friend who just let me know last night that she is having surgery tomorrow. As you are reading, keep in mind that this is a letter to a person that I know very well, which means you can read it as a conversations between friends; this is not a conversation between a healthcare provider and a patient and I am not a health care provider.
Victoria (not her real name) has one day to prepare. In some circumstances, if it is possible, you may want to give your body a little longer to prepare—but medical emergencies do not always give us a lot of time for planning, do they!?!
As you and your Beloved prepare for your surgery tomorrow, know that my thoughts are with you.
Taking one day off from work and planning to recover over the weekend
I admire your focus and dedication to have your day-to-day routine continue. You are a role model for achievement and the people that work for you and with you are very lucky. It is part of your essence to be so reliable, competent, and focused on what needs to happen. You are a total rock star and have earned your reputation for excellence. You are smart, talented, experienced, and you always work hard to hit the high standards you expect from yourself.
I am hopeful you can figure out a way to harness that focus and dedication in a way that supports your full and speedy recovery without taking away from the things that need to happen at work.
Let’s first talk about some of the things you may want to consider as you prepare your body for surgery tomorrow, and then let’s circle back to this question of leveraging your focus.
Fueling your Body for Surgery
As you prepare for surgery tomorrow, let’s think about ways you can fuel yourself up so you can best support and partner with your human vehicle and pull through this surgery for a full and speedy recovery.
Give yourself a boost of Energy and Focus
Do this 3-minute routine today. If you are up for it, this might be a great routine to do every day for the next month. I know you are busy, but you can hopefully carve 3 minutes out for yourself. The kids may enjoy doing this with you, especially if they know it is important to you.
Fuel your Thoughts
Fuel your Body with powerful thoughts by setting clear intentions. Define your outcome so you are prepared to meet your surgery, post-surgery, and recovery with strength and clarity.
Fuel your Subtle Energies
Vic, if you had time, I’d recommend that you either see a trained Energy Healer or read Donna Eden’s Energy medicine book. It is full of amazing techniques for keeping your energy flowing. Given the timing, I’ll offer you a couple Eden Energy Medicine techniques.
1. Hook up
Place the middle finger of one hand on your third eye (between your eye-brows above the bridge of your nose). Place the middle finger of the other hand on your navel. Gently press each finger into your skin, pull it upward, and hold it for 15 to 20 seconds.
2. Clear your root chakra
Since these cells are growing in your cervix, I’d recommend clearing and strengthening the energy around your root chakra.
– Lie on your back. Shake off your hands to clear off any excess energy
– Place either or both hands open, palm down over the root chakra (over your pelvic area) and begin to circle your hands counterclockwise about four inches above the chakra. Imagine that you have placed a clock on the chakra, face up, to determine which way is counterclockwise. Make slow counterclockwise circles that are about the width of the body or a bit less.
– Do this counterclockwise motion for 5-7 minutes.
– Shake off your hands
– Now circle clockwise for at least half as long as the circling in the counter clockwise direction.
You may also want to do a little reading about the root chakra to see if the description resonates with you and/or offers you any helpful insights into your own wellness.
Have your honey give you a massage. Why? There are many points that can support your body in allowing energy to flow unobstructed. Rather than send a chart of where all those points are, give this gift to your Love. Let him take care of you. It must be challenging for him right now to watch from the side-lines. Let him partner with your human vehicle in inviting wellness. Here are some places worth concentrating:
– Head and face rub
– Hand and finger rub
– Foot massage
– Spinal massage (not on the spine, next to the spine). Lie facedown and have your honey massage the points down both sides of your spine, using the thumbs or middle fingers and applying body weight to get strong pressure. Have him start at the bottom of your neck and work his way down the notches between your vertebrae (on the sides of your spine, not on the spine) down to the sacrum. Deeply massage each point for at least 3 seconds with strong pressure to make sure that the pressure is comfortable.
Now drink lots of water and jump around a little bit to keep everything flowing . You want any toxins that may have just been released to move on out.
Fuel your Cells
Fuel your cells by breathing deeply and consciously. Feed every cell in your body with oxygen. If you are comfortable committing to it, I’d encourage to you to breath consciously for 2 minutes two times a day, every day for the next month.
As you are breathing, place your hands on your chest and your belly as a tactical cue to remind you to breath all the way into your body. (Often times when we are under stress, we start taking more shallow breaths without even realizing it). On the inhale, visualize the oxygen feeding your cells. Then exhale for longer than you inhale and visualize releasing all the stale air- taking with it any energy or thoughts that no longer serve you. In an effort to keep the things you are visualizing uplifting, once you picture all that staleness leaving your body, think about the harmonious connection between you and nature–your exhale will be converted by nature into fuel.
Fuel your Body
I’ll keep this section shorter since there are lots of articles on FueltheBodyWell that talk about fueling your body well. Here’s my top 3 suggestions about fueling your body well as you prepare your body for this surgery and recovery:
– Stay and be hydrated with clean water.
– Eat water-rich foods. (ie: whole foods, foods prepared with real food- not chemical food-like substances)
– Avoid sugar (including white bread). Realistically, I know it may not be possible to completely avoid sugar, but eat less for the next couple of months while you body heals.
If you don’t have time for all of those items, here is the short version…
2) 3-minute routine
What might your body be trying to communicate to you?
Here’s where we can leverage your determination…
Based on what your doctor said, it sounds like this cell growth came on unusually rapidly. As your friend, I find that news really scary and I am so glad they will be able to address that immediately.
If I take my own advice and breath for a moment and allow myself to look at the situation with a lens of ‘what can we learn from this’… what I see is that your amazing human vehicle is a really clear communicator. The question is what is your body trying to tell you.
I know that there is such a thing as random, so there may not be any meaning in this unfortunate circumstance. Maybe it just is. But if there is a message, what might it be? Can you apply your focus and solution-oriented thinking to figure it out?
Some food for thought:
- Budgeting your Time
- When it comes to money (both personal finances as well as your department’s budget), I’ve seen that you are very adept at managing to your budget numbers. What about time?
- What is your time budget? Do you have one? Can you create one? Can you apply the same general principals to your time that you do to your budget?
- Making time to Workout
- I loved getting your text last night that you did a 20 minute workout. A workout does not have to take a long time to be effective. The important thing is to move your body..
Wishes for Abundant Wellness
As you prepare for tomorrow’s surgery, remember that you are awesome (not for what you do, but for who you are), your human vehicle is wise, and that so many people are sending wishes your way for abundant wellness.
Wishing you all the best tomorrow and always,