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PSA: It's The Perfect Time Of Year To Schedule All Your Doctor's Appointments

It's a gift that Future You will thank you for, believe me.

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!!!)

In conclusion, New Year's resolutions are hard to keep and there's lots to do, but this is a really simple way to start 2019 off on the right foot.

As we head into the new year, we're talking about all the ways to make your life and the world around you a little bit better. Read more Do Better 2019 content here.