One thing I've learned about scheduling my doctor's appointments — which I hate doing — is that you just have to rip the Band-Aid off.
So one thing I've gotten in the habit of doing to make my life a little easier is just knocking it out at the beginning of the year — either by scheduling them all in January, or by making a plan for the rest of the year.
If you're ready to do the thing, here are a few appointments to think about scheduling:
• Your general practitioner for your annual physical.
• Your dentist. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to the American Dental Association, you should proooobably get cleanings twice a year / every six months.
• Your optometrist. The American Optometric Association recommends a visit to the eye doctor every two years for general eye health stuff, but depending on your history or if you notice a change in your vision, once a year might be more fitting.
• Your gynecologist (if you have a vagina). The good news is, you've probably heard that you should get a Pap test yearly, but good news: the average suggestion is once every three years now! Check out the full guidelines for more information. Even if you're not due for a Pap test, though, there could be other reasons to hit up a gyno. Are you due for an STI test or a check-in about birth control, maybe?
• Your dermatologist. Maybe you have a goal of taking better care of your skin in 2019 or are due for a skin exam (mole check, people!) — either way, put it on the cal.
Psssst: Now is also a great time to schedule non-yearly appointments you've been meaning to get around to, like finding a therapist or visiting a specialist about a problem that's been bugging you forever.
Like, while you're on a roll, you might as well. This time last year, I rode the wave of my appointment-making energy to finally hit up a psychiatrist and an endocrinologist, and guess who's now on antidepressants and found out she has an autoimmune disorder and a hormonal disorder that are now being treated ? (Spoiler: It's me and I'm a lot happier and holy shit, do I wish I didn't procrastinate on those appointments. Go to the doctor!!!)