Invisible illnesses aren’t really invisible – just hard to spot. So I thought I’d write a handy guide for my friends and family on how to tell if I’m not feeling well.
1. Crazy socks. This isn’t always directly related to health, but if I’m feeling particularly bad I usually like to wear crazy socks. If I’m also wearing a baggy shirt and loose, comfortable pants, then it’s a pretty safe bet that I’m not feeling great.
2. Checking phone a lot. I also do this just because I’m very introverted, but if we’re not at a crowded party or with new people and I’m checking my phone a lot, it’s usually nervous energy and probably means I don’t feel well and I’m worried about it.
3. Closed mouth smiles/non-verbal responses. I’m much quieter if I’m not feeling good and I become much less expressive.
4. Talking A LOT – on the flip side, if I take pain medication, one of the side effects is that I become very talkative. So that may be a sign that I took medicine recently and am therefore not having the best day.
5. Messy hair – not only will I spend less time on my morning routine, but when I don’t feel well I run my hands through my hair a lot.
What about you guys? What are some ways that your illness makes itself visible? Or, if you are close with someone who is chronically ill, can you “see” their illness?