We all have been there. Paid a visit to the doctors for flu, hay fever, fatigue etc etc. And every time you make your appearance at the doctor's, the doctor refuses to make his/her appearance until you have waited at least a few hours and have almost given up hope on seeing a doctor and finding a solution to your illness, real or imaginary. Finally, as you think almost half the day has elapsed and you have given up the hope of living, suddenly the doctor appears at the corridor and beckons you towards their office and you instantly experience the true meaning of being on seventh heaven.
You cannot influence how much the doctor would make you wait at the medical centre, despite having pre-scheduled appointment. However, you can control how you spend those hours at the doctor's office.
Waiting at the doctor's can actually be fun if you know how.
1. Smartphone The most obvious one and yet the most interesting way of spending time at the doctor's is taking resort to your precious smartphone. Nowadays we all seem have an iPhone, Galaxy S II/III, Blackberry which comes complete with internet, games and easy access to news.
Why not play some rounds of Angry Birds, or check out the latest news on the world and politics, or simply tune into the amazing world wide web and lose yourself in social media, ebay and random websites. If all fails, engage in marathon messaging with your near, dear, and distant ones. With the world held in your palm in the form of a smartphone, chances of getting bored are pretty slim.
2. Magazines Most medical centres have stacks of new and old megazines. Why not pick up some of them up and flip through them and who knows what you could find or learn. Grab the Woman's Weekly to augment your knowledge on some easy recipes, WHO to get a healthy dose of gossip, National Geography to learn more about mother earth and many others to brush up your knowledge and enhance your understanding about make-up, good food, effective exercises, useful diets etc.
3. Books Waiting at the doctor's, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, away from family, friends and colleagues, you can finally kickback with a good book. Consider taking your favourite book or that book your friend extolled highly or the book that stole your heart with its glossy cover, and start reading it at the doctor's. You could even learn a new skill or two. You would not even notice how fast time will fly.
As a sidenote, it may be wise to be discrete with your selection. Fifty Shades of Grey may not be the most ideal book to be perused in front of 15/20 other patients. Happy reading!
4. People watching As you wait for your turn at the doctor's, instead of looking around indifferently pay attention to what you see, hear, smell and feel. Immerse yourself in the world of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot and challenge yourself in various mental games. Enliven your sixth sense or inner intuition, observe the people around you and try and assess them.
Watch (discretely, perving is not recommended) people and try to map them out in your mind. You will discover that this practice can yield quite interesting results. You could start with trying to guess someone's background or where they have just come from or what kind of emotions they are going thorough ('depressed from the long wait' could be the usual determination you would make). As Hercule Poirot always said, 'make those little grey cells in your brain work' and employ the power of imagination, and engage in some harmless, intriguing fun. People watching can be more entertaining than you think!
5. Becoming creative
Your prolonged wait at the doctor's office can be your ultimate opportunity to tap into your inner talent and unleash the creative soul within you. Contribute your time in doing something creative, something that will exhilarate your body and soul.
Dedicate your time in making something like weaving a scarf or drawing something (doodling is allowed) or write about something. For example, I used the lengthy waiting time at my last visit to the doctor's at formulating the idea for this article and giving this article the basic skeleton.
There you have it, 5 great things to do as you wait at the doctor's office. Why sit there bored watching the clock tick when you can actually spend your time doing something constructive or simply having fun. And soon, even before you know it, you will hear your name called.