Do minutes ever seem like hours and days like weeks? Many people claim these statements to be true when waiting for test results – the period from collection to results can mirror what feels like eternity. There isn’t any dancing around it, waiting for results can be stressful, but there are some things we can do to help ease our worries.
First, know that stress during this time is normal. Whether awaiting an initial diagnosis or anticipating news of follow-up imaging, emotions run high – how could they not? So, what can we do to gain control of our anxiety and avoid the havoc that increased levels of stress can do to our bodies? Some people may resort to eating away their concerns. Others might opt to jump on the Internet to read up on all the possible scenarios – no matter how tempting these may be, try to resist these urges. Instead, try the following suggestions to add more comfort:
Feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even frustration and impatience, are normal. The longer the wait, sometimes the bigger the emotions. What tips do you have to make the wait less stressful? We look forward to learning from you!
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