Anyone with a chronic invisible illness (like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or Crohn’s disease, to name a few) knows fatigue is maybe one of the worst symptoms. Fatigue is not just feeling tired, like you need more sleep or an extra shot or three of espresso. It’s a kind of exhaustion that feels heavy and physical. You can read about more tips for coping with fatigue here.
Since chronic illness fatigue is not a symptom that others without your disease, no matter how sympathetic they may be, can ever really understand, we rounded up some of the most impactful memes about fatigue and chronic illness from Instagram. When you’re having one of those can-barely-get-out-of-bed kind of days, look these over and know you’re not alone.
When You’re Having a Less-Than-Productive Weekend
When ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets You
When You Need to Explain Fatigue vs. Being Tired
When You Have Fatigue + Painsomnia
When Getting Through the Day Is. Just. Too. Much.
When Snuggling in Bed Is Basically the Only Answer
When People Think They Get It, But Don’t
When You Want to Be Productive, But Just Can’t
When You Need a Reminder that It’s OK to Rest
When Showering Is About All You Can Handle Today
When It Takes You Awhile to Recover from Said Shower
When Your Mornings Are the Worst
When You Need a Reminder that You’re Doing Just Fine
When a Sloth Is Your Spirit Animal
When You’ve Learned Your Own Limits
Many of the patients and bloggers and meme creators we interview (see this interview with Cat King, or this one with Melanie Mourt) say that finding online communities, especially on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, have been game-changing for them. We encourage you to check out the accounts credited here for ongoing support and community online.