Tips for dealing with Scan Anxiety

Scans can often bring feelings of uneasiness and nervousness, as patients cope with physical constraints during the scan and emotional uncertainty for their results.

Tips for coping with scan anxiety:

Distract yourself and stay busy. Staying busy leading up to your scan will keep your mind occupied and keep you from focusing on the upcoming scan or scan results. …

Share your story. …

Not everyone wants to share their story and experience. For those who do this can be helpful as well as beneficial to other patients.

Meditate. …

Before, during, and after. Meditation will help you keep your wits about you.

Exercise. …

While you are awaiting the results.

Treat yourself. …

If there were ever a time to indulge in a guilty pleasure, it is now.

Know when and how you will receive your results. …

Tip #1 – Don’t schedule a scan for a Friday — Reason – You will have the weekend plus more to wait for the results.

Tip #2 – Schedule first thing in the morning. Reason – You may be able to get the result the same day.

Acknowledge your anxiety.

Journaling can be a safe place to face your fears.

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