Surgery can be stressful and anxiety provoking. Recognizing how much control you have over your body can help you take back control over your surgery and reduce pain, nausea, and complications.

Before you start, think of a person or place or general setting where you feel safe, supported, and comfortable.

  • If you chose a person, they may be from the present day or from your childhood. The constraints of age and time don’t matter. They may be with you, or may have left you.
  • If you chose a physical location, it may be a place you’ve visited, or it may be a place you’ve never been before. Try to recognize the senses that you associate with that setting.

You can listen to this 13 minute guided imagery in the days leading up to your surgery, on the day of surgery, and in the days following your surgery. I recommend listening at least twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once in the evening.

Guided Imagery – Preparing for Surgery