Beware the post-op blues
After an operation, some people can feel down. Here we’ll talk about tips to manage the post-op blues, what signs to look out for, and when to seek help.
- Ask your family and friends for support. They can offer assistance and also help cheer you up when you’re feeling flat. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell them how you’re feeling.
- Go outside for a period of time every day. Enjoy some fresh air and some sunshine.
- Find ways to pass the time — you could try listening to music, playing games, reading or watching movies.
- Try not to nap too much during the day so you can get a good night’s sleep.
- Start to resume your daily routines, hobbies and activities as soon as you are able.
- See your doctor if symptoms of depression last for a couple of weeks or impact on your everyday life, such as the ability to think, feel or socialise.
- Persistent low mood and tearfulness
- Low self-esteem, with thoughts of inadequacy or guilt
- Not enjoying things in your life that you used to enjoy
- Difficulty sleeping, unrelated to physical discomfort due to surgery
- Extreme tiredness
- Anxiety and/or panic attacks
- Difficulty coping with post-op challenges (e.g. decreased mobility)
- Loss of appetite or excessive eating