We know it can be nerve-wracking waiting around for your STD test results. We have all been there and we are here for you. Sometimes depending on where you get tested, it can take weeks to hear back about your results. At SelfCollect, we strive to provide your results within 2-5 business days from the time the your collection kit is received.So while you wait for those results, we are here to give you a few tips on how to distract your mind.
What to Do When Waiting For Results
First, realize that you have taken the proper steps in caring for yourself and your body. We know the nerves you are feeling, but understand that most infections are treatable. If your test results come back positive, it is okay because you are in the process of taking care of yourself!
Go to the Gym
Going to the gym is one of the best stress relievers for your mind and body. Whether you want to do cardio, lift weights, or just look at some good looking people, this is a great way to calm yourself. If you don’t like the gym, go for a run or do whatever physical activity is the best stress reliever for you.
Go to Yoga
Similar to going to the gym, yoga is one of the best ways to connect your mind and body. Imagine yourself stressed before class about your STD test results, but then in class during downward dog you give a big lion’s breath and all those worries go away. During Savasana your mind is blank, you smell the essential oils, and you are free from all stress. Once you go to class, the last thing on your mind will be your worries.
If you are nervous about your STD test results, surround yourself with a good support group. You may not want to tell them about your situation - and you certainly don’t have to - but having that system there is always helpful.
Find your friends that you are comfortable sharing your situation with and allow them to comfort you in your time of need. Allow your friends to suggest things to do that day, sometimes they know you better than you know yourself. Let them make you laugh and you will feel the stress lift right off of your shoulders.
Stop Searching Information
We’ve all been on those medical websites that make us think we are on the brink of death. We assure you, you most likely aren’t on the brink of death and we want you to stop looking up possible situations. Yes knowledge is power, but this is often incorrect knowledge or not what you need to be looking for. Those thoughts often don’t leave you alone after seeing photos and reading terrible descriptions, so do yourself a favor and cut out internet usage.
Okay, so you’ve gone to the gym, you’ve spent time with friends, you cut out search engines, now it’s time to binge a show or movies. We all have that one show or movie we’ve been dying to see but don’t have the time. Here’s the time to treat yourself! Let yourself watch a few movies or episodes of a show that allow you to take a mental break.
Read a Book
You have that one book you’ve been telling yourself for months that you’ll get to tomorrow. Well, now is tomorrow! Pick it up and get reading. Whether you sit on the couch, sit outside, sit by the pool, grab your book with a cup of tea and allow yourself to relax to the fullest. You won’t regret the relaxing feeling of pages turning in your fingers and the smell of a good book.
The day has arrived and you finally got your test results. Now there is no more stress of the unknown. You did everything we said and it was surprising how calm you stayed, right? We know it can be hard not to dwell on the “what ifs” when waiting for your STD test results, which is why we want to help you in this process. Let us know how these tips worked for you! Visit our website to answer any questions you may have about SelfCollect and the testing we offer. Remember: Don't be afraid. Be smart, get tested!