Anxiety can creep up slowly or suddenly overwhelm you. It floods your senses and interferes with your ability to think straight. It may be in anticipation of a specific event, or it may be just a general sense that something is wrong. Regardless of the cause, these nerves can keep you from doing things you really want or need to do.
Although these feelings maybe unwelcome in specific situations, it may help to recognize that they stem from a natural and healthy response to perceived danger.
Fight or flight?
Adrenalin pumps through your body and your heart races faster. Your body is getting ready to put up a good defense against or get away from a threat. That’s great if you are facing a physical danger, but too often the perceived danger is something you can’t or don’t want to flee like a job interview, a presentation or a trip on an airplane.
So what can you do when your nerves are taking over?
- Take deep breaths. This signals to your body that you are okay and helps you take control.
- Think about what you are trying to accomplish and set up a checklist of what you have to do.
- Imagine yourself going through the situation with a positive outcome.
- Ask yourself what about the situation is making you nervous. Defining what is bothering you allows you to more accurately evaluate the likelihood of that happening.
- Talk with someone about your fears. Others may have a perspective that will help alleviate your concerns.
- Think beyond the situation and visualize how you will feel when it’s over. This can help create a calm feeling sooner.
At ella health, we understand that many women are nervous about getting a mammogram. Even if you’ve had one before and know what to expect, you may have anxiety about the appointment. We take a special approach to help reduce those nerves and make all our patients feel comfortable. We will talk to you about how you are feeling and we will answer every question. We will explain what we are doing and why and make sure you are ready for every step of the process. We will take all of the time you need to make sure that your mammogram is a comfortable experience. If you are nervous before or during the appointment, please let us know so we can help you feel better.
It may also help to have more information about what to expect during an appointment and how to prepare. You can learn more on our website.