Stress-reduction techniques such as meditation may aid in wound healing.

Stress has a strong negative effect on wound healing. According to a study published in the journal of the Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America, mental and psychological distress is linked to poorer outcomes, longer hospital stays, greater risk of re-hospitalization and other postoperative complications, among patients recovering from surgery.

Considering this, taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety in one’s life may serve as an effective means for enhancing the wound healing process. Talk with your clinician about implementing some of these practices into your routine:

1. Don’t be afraid to say no

Many people find it difficult to decline a request, whether it’s a work-related request or an invite to a social event. Rather than taking on more than you can handle and overwhelming yourself, determine your limits and learn to say no so you can stay within those limits.

2. Begin a stress journal

Expressing yourself is important to staving off stress, which can be harmful to the wound healing process. Use a stress journal to write down the anxiety-causing situations you encounter on an everyday basis, keeping track of what you believe was the source of anxiety as well as how you dealt with it. This can help you locate patterns of stress and determine effective methods for coping.

3. Maintain an exercise routine

Regular physical activity is important to reducing stress in your everyday life. Not only does exercise help to clear the mind but, as the Mayo Clinic explains, it has the capacity to boost endorphins, the mood-boosting hormones that can help ease anxiety. Practices such as yoga, swimming and walking, which provide aerobic exercise but are still easy on the body.

4. Consider meditation

People often shrug off meditation as a hokey alternative medicine. However, it has been clinically proven to help reduce anxiety and, as the Mayo Clinic points out, the ancient practice comes with a plethora of physical benefits. For instance, it can help manage blood pressure levels, which can help fight against nerve damage that increases the risk of diabetic foot ulcers.

Speak with a clinician about incorporating some of these activities into your routine as part of your wound care plan.

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