How to Keep Yourself From Looking Sick and Tired, Even When You Are

I think I may have gotten a stomach bug from one of my nephews on this trip, and I spend a good portion of my flight home refusing offered food, sipping ginger ale, and trying to keep things down. I’m still not feeling great today, but I have work to do, so I’m trying to find ways to at least look like I’m feeling better, even if I’m not.

  1. Get dressed like you normally would. I know when you feel terrible, it can be super tempting to throw on sweatpants or leggings and a big tee or sweatshirt, but don’t. Pair leggings with a cute top and boots or wear a light swing dress with comfortable tights. You’ll be close to just as comfortable, and you’ll look so put together, no one will know the difference.
  2. Do your hair and makeup. Just because you feel like your body betrayed you, that doesn’t mean you should let it down as well. The phrase “look good, feel good” isn’t just empty words; it actually can help you feel better, even if it’s just a placebo effect. Also, you’re likely dehydrated, so putting on moisturizer is even more important when you’re sick.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Even though you may not feel hungry or thirsty, it’s important to drink lots of fluids. I did manage to keep some orange juice down yesterday, and I feel like it helped me tremendously. If you are worried about throwing up, take small sips. This way, you won’t assault your stomach all at once, but you can still get some fluids to your body.

These things may not heal you, but they can at least help you start feeling better and get back to your normal self. Hopefully, flu season isn’t affecting any of you, but if it does, I hope you get back to normal quickly! What are your best tips for not looking sick even when you are?

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