How to Get through Tough Days
One of the hardest parts of a weight loss surgery journey is the mental toll it takes on you. There are so many changes that happen with both your body and mind, and it can be hard to keep up. Food addiction is a problem for many people and because of that, it can cause a lot of discomfort when food is taken away after bariatric surgery. Some also struggle with body dysmorphia and this can cause a lot of stress. When you lose weight so fast but your mind can’t keep up, it is confusing. Mentally and emotionally, you might struggle on this journey. It is part of the process and is something you must be prepared for after surgery. We will all have bad days, but it is important to remember that they will pass. So, here are a few things that can help you on your tough days.
- Go for a walk. Getting outside in nature is extremely therapeutic. Sometimes you just need some fresh air to reset your mood. Don’t stay cooped up inside on your dark days, or you will just feel worse and you might also turn to food for comfort. Get out and enjoy the beautiful world!
- Call a friend. When you are feeling low, talk to someone. Sitting in your own thoughts won’t help anything. You will just consume your mind with negative thoughts and that is very destructive behavior. Talk to someone about your struggles and let them help. Find your support system and utilize them.
- Eat a healthy meal. Sometimes we just need to fuel our bodies to help lift our mood. Don’t go for the unhealthy food as that will just make you feel worse afterwards. Choose something healthy and enjoy it.
- The easiest way to get endorphins going is to get moving. It might sound like the last thing you want to do, but I promise you it will help. You will immediately feel better after a good workout and it will help keep the momentum going to feeling better.
- Self-care. Out of everything I just mentioned, the best piece of advice I can give you is to focus on yourself in those hard moments. Ask yourself why you are struggling and focus on getting to the root of the problem. Allow time for yourself. Take a bath, watch a good show, do something that makes you happy. Learning to love yourself is a difficult thing to do sometimes, but on a weight loss surgery journey it is critical that you learn this.
As a bariatric patient, it can be difficult to focus on the mental side of this journey. You are so focused on how much weight you are losing that you can sometimes forget to give your brain some love too. Give yourself grace and focus on getting yourself healthy in all areas. We will all have bad days, that is just part of life. However, you have it in your control to turn a bad day around. You will be okay. This too shall pass.
- Kimberly H.