Anyone with an invisible illness has heard this at least a dozen times. I used to get offended; automatically assuming the person was doubting the severity of my condition. Also, how bad must I have looked before that having debilitating pain and fatigue made no difference? Over time though I’ve come to see this phrase as a bit of a complement. If I can kick Lyme’s butt by looking like I don’t have it then why wouldn’t I embrace that?
Here are my top tips for making the getting ready process a little less daunting when you’re chronically ill:
- Down size: This is one of the best decisions I have ever made and has made getting ready each day so much easier. I have completely embraced the idea of a capsule wardrobe; meaning I only have items that I know are comfy, fit well, and coordinate with other items in my wardrobe easily. Basically that means I live in shades of grey, black, and denim, but who cares? It’s quick, its easy, and it’s one less thing to worry about.
- Get rid of anything that triggers any issues: One of the many symptoms of Lyme disease is an increased sensitivity to certain chemicals, products, and even temperatures. This unfortunately means a product you once loved might have to go, but trust me when everything you own actually makes you feel better, not worse, the getting ready process will be way less daunting. This goes for fabrics too. If something was even slightly uncomfortable before, imagine how it would feel coupled with the chronic pain of Lyme.
- Your style can change: I dress completely different now to before I got sick. At first I thought this was the worst thing ever… how could I live without heels? But you know what; I really like the new cozy vibe my wardrobe has, and that’s not something I would have ever embraced otherwise.
- Go with the flow: Finally, sometimes you just have to roll with it. There are days I definitely don’t feel up to doing my makeup, so I just don’t – it’s that simple. Feel like wearing a lounge suit today?.. why not. I don’t let ideas of what I should be doing interfere with how I feel.
What are some things that make your getting ready process a little easier?