Dealing with niggles

18 Feb 2019

Dealing with niggles

Health Screening – facing fears

Most of us don’t like health screenings. They are physically uncomfortable, outside our comfort zones, take up precious time, and are a reality check that such conditions exist and we may have to ‘face it’ if there is bad news. I turned 60 at the end of 2018. Immediately after the birthday cards, came two requests from the NHS for both breast and bowel screenings. Happy Birthday me! My encounters for both feature on my Face Book page this month (see link below). Please drop in for a light-hearted view on health screenings.

Turning bad experiences into good ones

Being unpleasant but important, we need to find an angle on health screening experiences that make them acceptable to motivate us into action.
We can do this by Reframing - a method of looking at a negative situation and finding the positive. For the sceptics out there, yes, it can be classed as tricking yourself into believing something is good when it’s really bad, but what’s the alternative? Going along to a screening, feeling negative and spreading your misery, fear and anxiety with everyone you come into contact with? Surely it’s better for everyone to go along with a positive feeling and spread acceptance, curiosity and confidence with others in the same boat?

Look at the screening as a forensic crime thriller

  • Be present. That is, read the thriller, watch the film - arrange and attend the screening.
  • Be your own detective and get to know the facts (e.g. Prostate screening starts with a blood test, not a physical exam).
  • There is a ‘Golden Hour’ in forensic detection when the evidence gathering is critical. Treat your screening appointment as your very own personal Golden Hour.
  • Feel the fear and make it a thrill by positive thinking (fear and thrill produce the same physiology; attitude dictates the outcome).
  • Feel satisfied that, when you’ve read the book, watched the film, had the screening, you know ‘who did it’ and have done something constructive with your time and not wasted it by worrying.

Help with re-framing

If you would like to talk about Re-framing for health screening or any other event that you’re having trouble coming to terms with, please contact me and we can discuss the best way I can help you resolve the situation.