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Successfully Manage Stress After Bariatric Surgery

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  • Weight regain
  • Pain, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Negative emotions, such as guilt
  • Additional unhealthy eating habits

Proven techniques to successfully manage stress after bariatric surgery include:

Regular Exercise

When the urge strikes to engage in an unhealthy activity like overeating, turn to exercise to curb the behavior and increase endorphins. These make you feel calmer and happier, aiding in stress management. Even short walks can do wonders for your emotional well-being.

Controlling Accessible Foods

If overeating is your go-to response when stressed, remove the temptation from your home. Replace unhealthy comfort foods like processed carbohydrates with choices that provide the necessary nutrition. Keeping a food journal can help you avoid bad choices.

Engage in an Activity You Enjoy

When you are stressed, find time to do something you enjoy, such as reading, crafting, or watching a movie. Engaging in a hobby can take your mind off troubling thoughts.

Speak to a Mental Health Professional

If you feel consistently overwhelmed, speaking to a mental health professional can help you understand your feelings and emotional changes and find a personalized way of relieving and managing stress.

Positive thinking, such as remembering your goals and the effect of bariatric treatment on your quality of life and longevity, can also help. Conflicting emotions are normal after weight loss surgery. You're making significant lifestyle changes, and getting used to your new reality takes time. Approximately 25% of bariatric patients experience depression or another mood disorder. Many people react differently than they expected as they transform their lives. Don't feel ashamed to seek support.

Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.

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