Does Going To The Doctor Make You Anxious?

Navigating through medical appointments and tests can be a daunting task and dealing with anxiety is an added burden. Anxiety about doctor visits and upcoming scans or blood work can range from mild to severe, making it difficult for individuals to go through with their scheduled appointments. However, there are certain steps that one can take in order to better manage the anxious feelings associated with these visits. In this post, we will discuss a few tips to help you cope with your anxiety when going to doctor appointments, scans or blood work.

Understanding What It All Means:

Understand what your blood work means and how that compares to how you are feeling. For example, if you have a tumor marker that’s being monitored on a regular basis, then you need to know what that tumor marker is, what it means, and then how it relates to other conditions. Conditions that result in some of the symptoms you may be feeling. So basically having the knowledge helps you feel more in control and that you can talk with your healthcare provider about it in a lot better.

Just Do It:

Step forward and take control of your health, and I guarantee that once you get through it, you’re going to feel so much better. Have a friend or family member come with you to the appointment if possible, as this can help reduce stress levels. Even if they are not physically there with you, just having someone to talk to before and after can be very helpful in managing anxiety.

General Tips:

  • Be Mindful of Your Anxiety: Observe the anxious thoughts and feelings without judgment. Practice mindfulness by being aware of your body’s reactions and sensations as a way to be present in the moment. Focus on your breath as a way to ground yourself, and practice calming affirmations such as “I am safe” or “This too shall pass”.
  • Rely On Support: Find someone who can provide emotional support before, during, and after the appointment or test. Whether it is a friend, family member, mental health provider or spiritual leader; relying on a support system can make all the difference in managing your anxiety.
  • Prepare: Research beforehand what the appointment or test entails so that you have realistic expectations of what’s going on. Gather all relevant information ahead of time such as lab results, any necessary medication, and any other information your doctor might need. This will help to ensure that you are well-prepared for the appointment.
  • Create Healthy Coping Strategies: Focus on using healthy coping strategies such as exercising, mindfulness meditation, journaling, or connecting with nature to help manage anxious thoughts and feelings. These activities can help to bring you into the present moment and distract you from worrying about what might happen in the future.

Dealing with anxiety around doctor appointments, scans or blood work is challenging but not impossible. By understanding what these tests/appointments mean and relying on a strong support system, an individual can better cope with their anxiety surrounding these events. Additionally, by preparing ahead of time and focusing on healthy coping strategies one can better manage their anxiety and better prepare for the appointment.

Taking control of your health is essential to living a balanced life; so, take charge and get through this!

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Do You Have Sunday Night Anxiety?

Sunday nights can be a source of anxiety for some people. Life can feel hectic, and the thought of having to start the work week again can be daunting and stressful. Little things like feeling overwhelmed by tasks or worrying about not having enough time to complete them can cause feelings of dread. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce Sunday night stress in order to create a more meaningful, productive start to the week ahead.

Why Do Some People Feel Anxious on Sunday Nights?

Sunday night anxieties are often rooted in worries about the upcoming week. Thoughts such as work deadlines, social obligations, or household tasks can lead to feelings of overwhelm that leave one feeling anxious. Even something as small as planning meals for the week can seem overwhelming, leading to a feeling of being overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to be completed. Other common causes of Sunday night anxiety are fear of the unknown and worrying about what could go wrong with upcoming events or activities.

How to Change Your Sunday Routine:

To help reduce feelings of anxiety on Sunday nights, there are certain things that one can do in order to create a more positive start to the week.

1) Clear Your Mind & Set Your Intentions for The Week Ahead:

It is important to take some time each Sunday evening to set goals and intentions for the week ahead. Take some time alone to focus on what you would like to accomplish during this upcoming week, as well as any worries or concerns that you may have. Writing down these intentions can help to provide clarity and focus, as well as create a sense of direction for the week ahead.

2) Organized Yourself:

Prepare for the upcoming week by getting organized. This can include purchasing groceries, planning meals, organizing your work documents or setting up reminders in your calendar. Taking time to plan ahead and organize yourself can help reduce stress and anxiety.

3) Create A Routine Around Your Mental & Physical Health:

Make sure that you are taking care of your mental and physical health on Sunday nights. Take some time for yourself with activities such as yoga, meditation or reading. Make sure that you are eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep so that you feel rested when Monday morning comes around.

4) General Tips:

Finally, here are some additional tips for reducing Sunday night anxieties:

• Make a list of tasks that need to be completed during the week and set aside specific times to complete them

• Get outside and take a walk or bike ride to help clear your mind

• Spend time with friends or family members who can provide support and laughter

• Listen to calming music or nature sounds.

Remember, it is important to recognize that everyone experiences anxiety differently and that there is no “one size fits all” solution. Taking the time to recognize what works best for you and using these tips as a guide will help reduce Sunday night stress and make Monday mornings much easier to face.

By following these tips, you can help reduce the anxiety associated with Sunday nights and have a more productive start to the week ahead. Taking time for yourself on Sundays is essential in order create healthy habits that will last throughout the week and beyond. With some planning, organization and self-care, you can make Sunday nights a positive experience.

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Using Flower Essences for Stress & Anxiety

I swear everybody is dealing with anxiety. It has ramped up like crazy in the last couple of years. There are a lot of issues that people are struggling with. For example, you may feel stressed having to return to the workforce or return to school.

And mental health therapists are crazy busy right now. Therapists have doubled their caseload as people are dealing with the stress of recent times on top of other daily stressors. So I have been looking for all the ways that I can help support people deal with stress and their mental health.

I often talk about utilizing food and nutrition to deal with anxiety. But flower essences are different types of elixirs, spray, and oils that you can use to help with anxiety symptoms.

What are flower essences?

Most people are well-versed in essential oils to some degree. Flower essences are similar. However, they’re considered safer because it’s a topical application. You don’t have to worry about anything burning your skin as it doesn’t need to be mixed with other oils.

They’re natural flowers that have their own unique energy. All the ingredients are completely natural. There’s nothing nasty or toxic. So you don’t have to worry about some of the chemicals I see people using in supplements or essential oils.

I was first blown away by flower essences when I had Katie Hess on my podcast. In episode 73, Katie had me take the quiz on her website, which left me speechless.

It looked at the different flowers you’re drawn to for whatever reason. Katie then puts together different types of essences that would be best for you and what your body seems to need. And I didn’t know how to respond to the products she pulled from me taking the quiz.

How do you use flower essences?

There are many different flower essences that can be used to treat different needs. From the quiz, Katie suggested I try a flower elixir, spray, and anointing oil.

You simply put a few drops of the flower elixir into your water or on your tongue. I put it in my coffee or whatever I like to get its full effect. Whereas the spray, you can mist all over yourself. Then, I apply a few drops of the oil on your wrist like perfume.

How do flower essences help with stress and anxiety?

The whole idea is that flowers in the essences have an energy and frequency that helps people. Using them regularly is going to help calm you from stress. It can help with anxiety. It can help with clarity.

Katie’s flower essences can also help with multitasking and crazy schedules that keep us tired and unfocused. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my ability to focus and stay calm even in the busiest times.

If you have symptoms of stress or anxiety and feel frustrated from things being thrown at you. Flower essences might be one of the things that you can use to help mitigate those concerns.

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