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The Paradox of Procrastination: Why We Delay Routine Medical Procedures

In our crazy, hectic  lives, it's easy to prioritize everything else above our own health. From work deadlines to family commitments, our schedules seem to fill up faster than we can keep track. Amidst this chaos, routine medical procedures often take a backseat, and before we know it, months and even years slip by, leaving us with unresolved health concerns or just “unknowns”.

Why do we procrastinate when it comes to our well-being? There are several reasons.  The first thing that comes to mind is FEAR.  The apprehension of receiving unpleasant news or the thought of undergoing uncomfortable procedures can lead us to avoid scheduling appointments altogether.

Maybe it’s… busy schedules and the belief that we're too busy  to take time for ourselves that contribute to the delay.  OR… Denial.  We convince ourselves that everything is fine, ignoring warning signs and rationalizing minor symptoms.

However, as time passes, the weight of neglecting our health grows heavier. What starts as a minor concern can escalate into a serious issue if left unchecked. Yet, when we actually prioritize  ourselves and taking action it can be so freeing.

Once we muster the courage to schedule those overdue appointments, a sense of relief washes over us. Suddenly, we're no longer burdened by the weight of uncertainty. Instead, we feel empowered, taking control of our health and well-being. Whether it's a routine check-up, a dental cleaning, or a long-postponed screening, each step towards prioritizing our health brings us one step closer to peace of mind.

Moreover, addressing medical procedures promptly not only benefits our physical health but also our mental and emotional well-being. Knowing that we're taking proactive steps towards a healthier future alleviates stress and anxiety, allowing us to focus on other aspects of our lives with renewed vigor and clarity.

This year I got my mammogram promptly- I have a few close friends that have battled breast cancer lately (thank God they are winning) but I had gone 5 years without a mammogram until 2 years ago…. Once my high school friends were getting cancer- it became a reality- people MY AGE are getting cancer.

Today, I got my first colonoscopy.  I was so proud to schedule it “on time” (I am 50) until my GYN told me they reduced the age to 45 just recently!   🙈🙈🙈.  Nevertheless l did it today- all clear.  Whew!

Now, for me- the most dreaded appointment of all.  Dentist.  My work this week is to get dental appoints scheduled for me and my family.  If you know me- I hate the dentist.  I procrastinate THIS appointment more than any of the others.   I’ve slays said- I’d rather have 10 Pap smears than 1 cavity filled.  What does that tell you?!?!

Procrastination regarding routine medical procedures is a common struggle many of us face. However, by recognizing the reasons behind our delay and acknowledging the liberating feeling that comes with prioritizing ourselves, we can break free from the cycle of neglect. Let's take control of our health and embrace the empowering journey towards holistic well-being.

With Love from my Core,

Amity ❤️

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