3 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Medical Appointment
Your anxiety and stress levels may rise considerably before a medical appointment. Perhaps you have concerns regarding the appointment procedure or have a new doctor. There are ways you can calm your nerves before you see the doctor; the solutions are within your grasp. You will feel more in control and calmer as well.
Talk About Your Fears
When you speak about your fears, in relation to the medical appointment, your concerns are no longer bottled within your mind. You release them with your words. Approach a friend or family member who you feel comfortable speaking with and talk in a setting which puts you at ease. You may feel more comfortable speaking in-person rather than by phone; the setting is your preference.
As you speak, you will begin to feel relieved that you are able to discuss your concerns. Your confidant will likely give you feedback about what you have said and be supportive; both of these reactions will help calm your nerves. Your confidant will likely suggest ways to deal with your worries and may even offer effective strategies that they have used before.
Listen to the feedback from your family or friend and decide whether to employ any suggestions to calm nerves. Speaking up about your concerns in relation to the medical appointment will in itself reduce your nervousness.
Phone the Medical Office
If you have booked your medical appointment well in advance of the date, you may become anxious over the waiting period. To help calm your nerves before the appointment, phone the doctor’s office and ask questions relating to your concerns.
Do not be intimidated by the prospect of phoning the office. The staff is there to assist you and patient care is important. Due to the busy schedules of the doctor, you may not be able to speak directly to the physician. The receptionist will likely be able to help you calm your nerves in several ways:
When you ask questions on the phone, you are less intimidated than you may be in person. This is especially true if the questions are of a sensitive nature or you are embarrassed by the subject matter.
You get answers to your questions about the appointment or about the doctor. More information translates into less anxiety. You feel you have a better grasp on what will happen at the office when you arrive.
You receive a calm voice on the other end of the phone. The staff members understand concerns of patients. The calm tone of voice is reassurance that you are in trusted hands and will calm your own nerves.
Waiting Room Tactics
You often have to sit in the waiting room prior to seeing the doctor on the date of the medical appointment. While you wait, your level of anxiety may increase as you think about the appointment. When you are apprehensive, there are ways to calm nerves in the waiting room.
Look at the wall colors of the room. Are they beige or another color? In your mind, say the name of the color to yourself. Keep saying the color in a repetitive way. You can vary the thought pattern by adding in other colors you see in the room. A friend once told me about this method and it really does help me. The method is effective at reducing anxiety because your mind is distracted from thinking about the appointment. Instead, your mind focuses on colors and there is not stress related to these thoughts.
As well, calm nerves in the waiting room by bringing your own reading material or journal to write down your thoughts. Both activities will distract your mind. As well, journaling about your thoughts lets you release them from your mind as you do when you speak about your concerns to your friend or family member.
There are many ways to calm your nerves before a medical appointment. Speak about your fears as they relate to the future appointment; speak with a close friend or family member, or phone the doctor’s office. As well, you have the ability to calm yourself down in the waiting room on the day of the appointment. Calm your nerves and get through the appointment; stay healthy and remember that you will get through this!