Most of the things that we do in our lives entail some kind of waiting period. You go to the bank, you wait. The grocery store, you wait. The dentist office, way too much of a wait. Stop for food, waiting… on and on it goes. You get to used to it though, right? It just becomes a part of your every day life. And it’s not that big of a deal, really. I mean, every once in a while you get to witness someone who has just had to wait one too many times and they completely lose it! That’s entertaining for sure, if it isn’t you, but mostly we totally deal with it and go about our days.
I always think of it as a Dr. Suess book to keep myself amused…
Waiting for the snow to stop, so your kids will go.
Waiting for your spouse to arrive so you can watch your show.
You are always just waiting.
Waiting for the alarm to sound so you can start your day.
Waiting for your checklist to end so you have time to play.
You are always just waiting.
I could do that forever, so I will just leave it there. The thing that is the hardest for me to deal with? Waiting to find out what is wrong with me. Now wait, that’s not fair, there isn’t a lot of things wrong with me! I mean, when you know something is wrong. You go to see the doctor. The doctor sends you for labs. X-rays. An MRI. That kind of wrong… and you have to wait, wait, wait, wait. It is literally like being in waiting hell.
So what do you do when you find yourself in this terrible place? How do you stop yourself from going crazy and making those around you crazy too? Here’s what I have got for you:
1. Do not Google your symptons and try to diagnose yourself! This is a terrible idea. You will have 10 new diseases that you have never even heard of and a death sentance long before you ever get the results from your doctor. This makes things much, much worse. Don’t do it.
2. Focus on what is not bothering you – This can be very difficult and especially tricky if you are in pain. Make yourself do it anyway. Taking those thoughts that want to hang on to what is hurting or not working properly and focusing them on things that are good, will help you feel better almost immediately.
3. Add something new to your daily routine – Having something to do that you need to think about will get you out of just going through the motions of your day. I am experiencing extreme pain in the back of my head and upper neck, for example. So I have added a yoga routine to start my morning. Not only does it feel good to stretch out first thing, but it also helps alleviate some of the built up tension, helps me relax, and gets me focused for the day.
4. Stay Positive! – Everyone knows this… but it can be so hard to do. Worrying just has a way of getting the best of us sometimes. It always will. But when those thoughts creep in your head: acknowledge them, understand that they are only coming from fear, and then get rid of them. Negativity will do nothing to help you.
So what are you waiting for? Whatever it is… I hope it is good news. But until we know for sure, and we are playing this waiting game, Let’s Win!