It’s been a few months since I unintentionally started a movement. #40WeeksForMe keeps showing me how important it is for parents to take care of themselves as well as they take care of others, and how hard that can be sometimes.
What struck me when people began contributing to the 40WFM conversation was we almost all seem to share one common pain point when it comes to self care—making medical appointments for ourselves.
You saw me talk a bit about this in October, in a video and blog post sponsored by CooperVision Biofinity Energys® contact lenses. CooperVision® is sponsoring this post as well.
Making Medical Appointments For Yourself Matters
In the video, embedded further down in this post, I talked about how my anxiety makes routine healthcare appointments a real struggle for me. I am anxious about going to them—both making the appointment is hard for me, and actually stepping into the office is, too. But, I also have anxiety if I don’t get to them regularly. This does not seem to be uncommon.
Whether it’s anxiety or simply a lack of time or resources, many of us are not seeing healthcare providers for regular checkups as often as we should.
I’m here to tell you: I know it’s hard to make an appointment, but the relief that comes after you’ve seen the doctor is worth it! So a big part of my 40WFM journey is getting all of my routine healthcare appointments scheduled and completed.
I started with my eye doctor! I was so nervous that my prescription had gotten worse.
My vision seemed to get blurry before dinnertime most days.
Instead, I found out I simply needed a contact lens better suited for my digital lifestyle and the amount of time I was spending on screens. I am SO happy with my Biofinity Energys® contact lenses now. At the end of the day, I no longer feel the eye tiredness or dryness that are common symptoms of digital eye fatigue!
I had grand plans for a home office, but it turns out I work a lot in bed. The abundance of natural light + the locking door makes it the real winner.
You can read more about my experience getting fitted for Biofinity Energys® contact lenses in my first post here, and watch the full video below.
If you’re a contact lens wearer and think you’re dealing with symptoms of digital eye fatigue, be honest with your eye doctor about your screen time and ask if Biofinity Energys® contact lenses could work for you. You can even get a FREE* TRIAL PAIR with this coupon!
Speaking of free, here’s a printable checklist I made for you:
Download this, print and put it on your fridge or in your planner.
List all the healthcare providers you need to schedule personal appointments with in the coming year in the first column, record the date of your appointment in the second column, and then use the third column to check off and/or record additional follow up details after each appointment.
If you’ve already made an appointment and/or completed a visit, go ahead and check that off anyway because IT FEELS GOOD TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ACCOMPLISHING THINGS.
What appointments should you make? Let’s brainstorm!
Here are some options for your own checklist:
Primary Care Physician for an annual physical
Eye Doctor (Don’t forget to ask about Biofinity Energys® contact lenses!)
GYN or Midwife for annual pap
Dermatologist for a skin check
Therapist or Psychologist
What else would you add to the list?
Tell us in the comments, and let us know when you have called and scheduled your appointments!
Thank you so much to CooperVision® Biofinity Energys® for sponsoring this post and offering my readers a coupon for a FREE* trial pair of contact lenses.
*By prescription only per doctor’s discretion. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees. Not all CooperVision lenses are available for trial.
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