You sent in your test and now you have to wait for your results. We know how agonizing it can be to watch your phone or email and wait to be notified, which is why we at SelfCollect strive to provide the most accurate results in the shortest time possible. But we know how long those days can feel, so we wanted to offer some new tips on how to distract yourself while you wait.
Get Out of the House
The best thing you can do for yourself when you’re waiting for your results is to get out of your house. You can spend time with friends, go to the gym, go on a hike; whatever you feel like doing.
We recommend hiking, especially one with a great view. Going on a hike is proven to reduce your blood pressure and cortisol levels, which can cause stress. Walking through nature can help quiet your mind and promote better sleep due to the energy you’re using to navigate uneven terrain.
Being out in nature has the ability to improve your mental health too. Spending time outdoors can reduce stress, calm anxiety, and lower your risk of depression, according to a study done by researchers at Stanford University.
Taking in your surroundings and stopping to smell the roses is proven to improve your sensory perception, which helps ground you in the moment. If you’re on a hike with a view, think of the view as your rewards for the hard work. It also helps put everything into perspective, if not just for a moment. Think of it this way: nature has been able to bloom and blossom despite natural disasters and human interference. If the Earth can thrive, you can too.
You can also go out to dinner and socialize with friends to help distract yourself, or see a movie. Whatever it is, just make sure you’re having fun and you’re out of the house, as being home can make it harder to distract yourself.
Try Something New!
Have you ever tried to focus on something different when you’re learning something engaging? It’s difficult to do! When you’re engaged or invested in learning a new skill, that can take all of your energy. So if you’re anxiously waiting for your SelfCollect results, try something new! Do that one that you’ve always wanted to do.
We’re not saying to jump out of a plane (unless you want to!); it could be as simple as learning how to sew on a button, reading a new genre of books, or renting a bike or canoe. The important thing is to keep yourself engaged and to do something that you enjoy.
If you’re wanting something more centered around problem-solving, try an escape room! These interactive puzzle rooms are popping up all over the country and are great team activities. You and your group are “locked” in a room and you need to solve puzzles within a time limit to escape. The experience is one-of-a-kind and truly entertaining if you’re a problem-solver.
If you're musical, try a new instrument or immerse yourself in new songs to sing. There are plenty of instruments that are easier to pick up quickly, such as a ukulele or harmonica.
Or you can try a new health fad with IV Vitamin Therapy treatments. They are designed to rehydrate and reinvigorate your body with a cocktail of vitamins (you can choose which you receive). Treatments can last up to an hour and you’ll feel the effects almost immediately. These treatments can help give your body the boost it needs to help fight off illnesses, stress, and fatigue.
Find a Support Group
You may feel embarrassed, but remember, you’re not alone. STDs are extremely common (nearly 2.5 million people had chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2018) and they are nothing to be ashamed of. Tell your partner or someone you trust about what you’re going through. You should not have to wait this out by yourself. A friend or partner can offer you much needed distraction and comfort, as we know this can be a trying time for you.
You don’t even need to tell them what you’re going through if you’re not comfortable. A good friend will know not to push for an answer and will be there to help you, no matter what it is. If you’re unsure how to approach it, try asking them out for a night out or for a meal. If you want to give them a reason, you can be vague and say you need to get out of the house or you would like the company.
If you do decide to tell them, don’t be afraid. Approach it with confidence - you haven’t done anything wrong. In fact, you’re taken the right steps to ensuring your safety and your partner’s safety. Talk to them in a private setting and let them know that you’re concerned about your health, which is why you took the test. It could even open a conversation about them going through a similar thing!
Remember to breathe. Testing is the hardest part and we’re proud that you decided to take that step with us. We wanted to congratulate you for taking a proactive approach in protecting your health.
If you have any questions while you wait, please don’t hesitate to contact us or check out our resource center.