How to Deal with Waiting for Test Results

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1) Know that your feelings are normal and its okay to be feeling them.

It’s totally okay to be apprehensive, nervous, or even terrified. It’s a scary thing you’re going through. Your feelings are valid and its okay to acknowledge them. Try these calming activities to sooth your nerves:

  • Take a warm, relaxing bath
  • Get a massage
  • Watch a comedy
  • Take a yoga class
  • Drink your favorite warm drink
  • Get your nails done
  • Read a light-hearted book

2) Know that you’re not alone

It’s a cliché saying, but it’s easy to forget. It’s easy to feel isolated, like you’re the only one in your situation. The thing is, thousands of test results for various conditions are given every day. Try talking to others about what you’re going through, you may be surprised how many people understand.

3) Try to keep your mind off of the situation

I know you’ve heard this a million times before. But it’s true. The good news is that this waiting period won’t last forever.  You’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, try to keep yourself busy and stay out of your house as much as possible

  • Go out to eat with friends to a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try
  • Go on a weekend getaway with your family
  • Stay active: Take a walk, ride a bike, go for a swim
  • Explore a part of your town you’ve never seen before
  • Window shop
  • Join a book club
  • Volunteer in the community

4) If you can’t keep your mind off it, try to rationalize your feelings

Journal. Write down the possibilities and be sure not to ignore the potential positive outcomes. When addressing the negatives, write down resources and possible support groups. Remember that your diagnosis does not have to define your life.

In the end, what will be, will be. But do your best not to agonize over news that may never come.


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