4 Simple Strategies To Beat Medical Anxiety

That lightheaded, tingly feeling that you get when you are stuck in the waiting room before a medical appointment isn’t too much fun. In fact, it can make going to the doctors or to any other medical professional tough. Of course, most of us know this better as medical anxiety, but don’t panic as there are some simple ways that you can get over this, and make attending your appointments much less stressful. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Stress

Let the staff know about your anxiety

One strategy that you can use to reduce medical anxiety, otherwise known as White Coat Syndrome is to tell your medical team that you are suffering from it. In fact, this is a well-known issue, and any professional team should be able to not only reassure you but also accommodate your nervousness during your appointment and treatment.

For example, dentists are often well aware of people anxiety during treatment, and so many offer the option of sedation if any extensive work needs to be done. Something that can help you to stay calm, and also ensure that you get the treatment you need at the same time.

Find out what the appointment will hold beforehand

Next, when it comes to reducing your medical anxiety, it can be smart to find out what to expect from your appointment before you attend it. In fact, by doing this, it can help you feel as if you are much more control and part of the process, rather than just having treatment administered to you.  

Happily, there is some excellent information on what to expect in a variety of medical appointments online, and how to prepare successfully for them, including this step by step guide on what to do before your hearing exam to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Just be sure to watch out for extreme and negative descriptions, which can upset you and make your anxiety worse.

Use calming techniques

Another tactic that can work wonders if you are suffering from medical anxiety, both in the waiting room and when you are in the session itself, is to use some complementary calming techniques.

In particular, diaphragmatic breathing can be particularly calming, as can the practice of directing your consciousness into another part of your body. Especially when you are having a procedure done like stitches or dental work.

Additionally, the use of calming herbal remedies and even aromatherapy to create a peaceful, relaxed environment can be beneficial. Just be sure that anything you take or use, doesn’t interfere with your treatment.

Exercise before you get ready to go

Finally, when it comes to anxiety, there’s nothing better than burning off a little of that energy before you have even reached that situation. Therefore if you are able to do so without causing yourself harm or further injury, it can be incredibly helpful to work out before your appointment.

Of course,  you must check that you are allowed to do this beforehand, as it could affect your results in certain situations, and that would defeat the whole object of attending your appointment!

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