Let’s be honest, the doctor’s office is not the place you go for a fun time. We all have our inner voices whispering our deepest fears while we sit in the cold monotone reception area in uniform chairs lined up around the perimeter of the room.
More than that, there is the company, people who are not having their best day are all in there together in one common space. Yet we still need to go, we need to proactive about our health, and as a society, we need to evolve from health care to preventative maintenance. While we cannot change the comfort of your own personal physicians’ facilities, we can share some tips on how we cope with the uninspiring trip to the doctor’s office. So while it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is as good a time as ever to go schedule your appointment to get a mammogram, pap smear, skin check, and other examinations.
It can be more appealing to avoid these dreaded examinations, and rather text your friends about where to get drinks later this weekend. Instead, this could be a great time to start a group chat with your friends and ask who would be available to be your date to the doctor. Even though this date does not require a little black dress or your fiercest winged eyeliner, it is helpful to have the company and moral support from your closest friends or family.
“So while it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is as good a time as ever to go schedule your appointment to get a mammogram, pap smear, skin check, and other examinations.”
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Another idea is to treat yourself to little comforts throughout the day of your appointment. This is just to reinsure you are experiencing personal moments of joy in between going to first or second base with the nurse practitioner. By making yourself your favorite breakfast, you know, that extra pretty smoothie bowl with all the superfoods and pretty design that you like, the one you would normally not have time for on an average morning, make that smoothie bowl. Or afterward, go to the bakery and treat yourself to that special little doughy piece of heaven that would otherwise only be reserved for holiday functions. If comfort food isn’t your style, maybe treat yourself to that 90-minute hot yoga class to sweat out the demons and bad thoughts. That way you can detoxify your body and your brain from the day.
“If comfort food isn’t your style, maybe treat yourself to that 90-minute hot yoga class to sweat out the demons and bad thoughts.”
The last approach, and personally my favorite, is having a good sense of humor about the whole ordeal. Inspired by the HBO series Girls from season one where the entire female cast goes to the doctor for moral support. While the reasons are rather specific to each character, the episode does bring to light that we all have our own journey, but we are not alone. It also does a heartwarming job to bring humor in life’s harder situations. So what may feel like being personally victimized by Dr. Regina George, is actually just a routine check-up all of us humans go through on a regular basis.
“The last approach, and personally my favorite, is having a good sense of humor about the whole ordeal.”
For those of us who are in the certain areas, keep a lookout for free health care clinics that provide these services for free to the public. In many cases, it is offered on certain days kept to a specific timeline.
At the end of the day, our fears of invasive examinations are still valid and very real. What’s important is to remember a positive mentality can go a long way. Beyond the Sunday Saddies, you can conquer those less inspiring adult moments with the help of your friends, moments of joy, or just a little humor.