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6 Powerful Techniques to Boost Mental Health after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery isn’t just about losing weight, gaining energy, and improving your physical health. It’s a journey that transforms both body and mind. While the physical changes are evident, nurturing your mental well-being is just as vital. Dive into our blog to understand why mental health is key and discover 6 powerful techniques to fortify your mind daily.

Why Mental Health Matters

We believe that a healthy, resilient mind is essential to support a strong body, especially after bariatric surgery that brings about significant changes. Despite high satisfaction with surgical outcomes, a recent study highlights the potential occurrence of anxiety and depression after surgery. These issues may come from pre-existing mental health conditions or the whirlwind of rapid changes post-surgery. Whether it's adapting to these changes, managing different expectations or a negative body image - taking good care of your mental health is paramount. The following 6 powerful techniques help you with that.

1. Check Your Diet and Multivitamins

It's not just a saying – you truly are what you eat. What you put in your body doesn't just affect your physical health; it plays a crucial role in your mental well-being too. Foods like veggies and fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that influence various bodily processes, including the hormones affecting emotions, mood, and mental strength. Treat yourself well by sticking to a nutritious diet and don’t forget your daily WLS multivitamins to support both your physical and mental health.


2. Take a Deep Breath

Your breath mirrors your well-being. Stress often results in shallow, fast breathing while relaxation brings slow, deep breaths. Soothe your nervous system and mind by focusing on your breath. Try the 4-7-8 breath for a quick relaxation fix. Find a comfy spot, sit, or lay down and close your eyes. Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold for 7 seconds, then exhale for 8 seconds through your mouth. Repeat 5 times and feel your body unwind.


3. Calm Your Mind with Meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool for relaxation, mental clarity, and reducing anxiety, stress, or sadness. You don't need to be spiritual or have a quiet mind to meditate. Anyone can learn this practice by focusing on your breath and directing your attention inward. By observing your thoughts instead of being consumed by them, meditation brings you into the present moment. Explore different meditation techniques online, from guided sessions to visualizations. 


4. Move your body

Physical activity isn't just good for your body; it's a game-changer for your mind too. When you're feeling restless, down or overwhelmed, get moving to release those feel-good endorphins. Shake it off, dance like nobody's watching. Or try gentle yoga practices which are suitable post-bariatric surgery, like yin, nidra or restorative to calm your nerves and reduce stress.


5. Engage in Activities You Love

Remember those childhood days when you could lose track of time playing, drawing, creating, and forgetting everything around you? Reconnect with that feeling by doing something you genuinely enjoy. Whether it's drawing, painting, writing, or any other activity you love. These immersive activities take you into the moment and out of your mind.


6. Connect with Others

During tough times, it’s tempting to retreat into solitude, avoiding social interactions. However, spending time with loved ones can work wonders for your well-being. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, make you laugh and remind you of your worth. Share your feelings, seek distraction, and foster a sense of calmness and balance.

These are just a few techniques to kickstart your journey to better mental health. For more inspiration on cultivating strong, healthy mindset, head to this blog.

You have our full support

If you've read this far, it shows you value your mental well-being. We know it's not always easy to stay on track and integrate these practices daily. But remember, you're not alone. Reach out whenever you need support. We've got your back.