Self-guided visualization before a prostate cancer treatment can help you de-stress. This approach helped me remain fearless as I faced the robotic removal of my prostate gland in April 2007. I simply visualized stroking my soft furry cat gently purring on my chest as “we” were wheeled on a gurney into an operating room. I did this knowing the doctor would soon wield the knives of his da Vinci robot into my body.
To be sure, having complete faith in your doctor’s skill also makes for reduced stress. That’s why I occasionally dwell on communication skills (as I did in my last teleseminar), to help patients and doctors regard each other as full-fledged healthcare partners.
Before surgery I also concentrated on a different kind of visualization: seeing myself getting quickly back on my feet after leaving the recovery room. This actually occurred between the time I was gently wheeled into my hospital room until I left the hospital the next day.
Visualization allowed me to be in control, rather than become a passive “victim” of the surgical team’s machinations. As a result even after my operation I was able to eliminate all pain and stress. This included setting aside what became only mild discomfort caused by my catheter.
This can work for you if you use all your senses of smell, touch, hearing and sight. Try doing this while “seeing” yourself going through very specific health challenges, whether big or small.
If you haven’t done so yet, you’ll feel the full power of your mind over whatever ever else matters, especially your body. Visualization is also a powerful way to elicit the relaxation response and quell taut emotions.
But first you must be aware you have this tremendous mind-power. What’s more you need to have the mindfulness and confidence to use the power of visualization to your advantage.
Being fully present is a gift you CAN give yourself. All it takes is imagination and vision!