How to relax your patients in stressful situations

  • The link between anxiety and pain

    Updated on 28/05/2019

    Who has not met on any occasion with a patient who, before a surgery, a test a little more complex than usual, or even during a hospital stay during the day, is more nervous than usual? Our patients face varied stress situations, which makes them anxious before, during, and after the procedure.

    The anxiety caused by this nervousness before surgery can cause unpleasant symptoms and stress. Typical symptoms include tachycardia, arrhythmias, nausea, difficulty breathing and trouble sleeping. These symptoms related to anxiety can be particularly worrying for people who have pain due to a heart condition. Anxiety can make pain worse, as well as make it harder to deal with pain. It is very important that our patients are relaxed to ensure their complete recovery without passing through something traumatic.

    There are many things you can do to help your patients be calmer and more relaxed before a surgery. These are some tips:

  • Keep them informed about the procedure

    Patients are more likely to feel comfortable with the surgery if they have all the necessary information about the preoperative, what they can expect after the intervention, what they may need ... Help them understand what changes their body is going to experience.

  • Listen to them

    Take their needs seriously and answer their questions and concerns. Active listening techniques, such as asking open questions, being interested in their lives or controlling their feelings, can be a vital lifesaver for someone suffering from anxiety. Talk to them frequently and give them a place to express their issues.

  • Teach them relaxation and breathing techniques

    Something as simple as stopping a minute, closing your eyes and breathing deeply can be very helpful. Meditation programs are not only recommended for people who suffer from anxiety, and it is something they can practice with a family member.

  • Encourage them to listen to music

    In a study of the journal Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica it has been shown that people who listened to relaxing music just before a surgery were more relaxed than those who opted for medications to calm their nerves.

  • And remember, your behavior can have a profound effect on a patient's emotional well-being, so staying calm and calm can relax them in turn. You can also use relaxation techniques to help them cope with anxiety.

    Thanks for helping us to care!

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