If you want to skip school, get off work, avoid your in-laws, or act like a sick person in a play, pretending to be sick is easier than you think. If you don't look sick, it will be difficult for you to convince people of your false illness. If you change your appearance, modify your attitude and voice, and know the symptoms that you will have to simulate for different diseases, you will be able to have a sick appearance that will convince others and you will be able to have a little free time without having to suffer.
Method 1 of 3: Change Your Attitude and Actions
Step 1. Pick a single disease you want to fake and stick with it
People generally mimic the appearance of a severe cold or fever, as they have likely had those health problems before and can easily simulate symptoms. Faking a migraine, diarrhea, or stomach ache are also great options because you don't have to be specific about your symptoms. After all, no one wants to hear too much detail about your bowel movements.
The most important thing is not to mix the symptoms. If you want to pretend to have a migraine, don't complain about your stomach. Also, if you pretend to have diarrhea, don't start sneezing
Step 2. Think again about the way you look when you are sick and imitate your expressions
You should never smile or show happiness when you want to look sick, as people may question whether or not you really feel bad.
Reflect on how you feel and act the last time you truly feel ill to make your performance more compelling
Step 3. Use makeup to correct blemishes or white flour to make your skin look paler
A little green concealer can make your skin look a bit sicker, while sprinkling a little white flour can make you look pale and nauseous.
Makeup to correct blemishes is more effective. However, a little white flour can do the job in place of makeup if you don't have those kinds of products
Step 4. Wear loose clothing or wrap yourself in blankets
No matter what illness you have, sick people like to stay warm and surrounded by layers. Wrap yourself in blankets or warm clothing the night before and the day you pretend to be sick.
You can shiver or shake slightly to simulate cold symptoms, even under the covers. This is because sick people often feel hot and cold at the same time
Step 5. Act slowly and uncoordinated, bumping into things and walking slowly
Almost any disease includes a little reduction in coordination. Whether you're pretending to have a migraine or a bad cold, react slower to things and act like you're unaware of your surroundings.
Step 6. Sniff, cough and complain about false symptoms frequently
To make your performance completely convincing, you have to pretend to be as sick as possible. If you want to fake a cold or the flu, at least suck on your mucus and cough every few minutes. On the other hand, in the case of other health problems, make sure to complain about the false symptoms and rub your wind or forehead depending on the disease you want to simulate.
Method 2 of 3: Faking Specific Symptoms and Wounds
Step 1. Pretend to have a fever or the flu by faking a cough, congestion, and exhaustion
Breathe only through your mouth, which may indicate a stuffy nose. Also, he talks and reacts to things more slowly. You can fake a light cough and suck on your mucus hard to make yourself look more convincing.
It's hard to fake a runny nose, but you can make your eyes watery at will by blinking more than usual, which will naturally make your eyes water slightly. Do it right before chatting with people for maximum effect
Step 2. Pretend to have a migraine by avoiding lights, sounds, and people
Migraines have no visible symptoms, so others will have to rely on your story to understand the symptoms. Pretend you're sensitive to light and sound, and go to as dark and quiet a room as possible.
Common migraine symptoms are dizziness, strong reactions to light and sound, loss of balance, and a severe headache, especially in the temples and the back of the head
Step 3. Pretend to have stomach problems by acting like you have nausea and going to the bathroom frequently
Rub your stomach a few times the night before and complain about feeling sick before going to bed a little earlier without finishing eating. Pretend to have diarrhea by spending a lot of time in the bathroom and mimicking cramps.
- You can fake vomiting by making guttural and choking sounds. Then pour a glass of water into the bathroom. Pull the chain, wait a few seconds for it to clear, and get out of the bathroom. Then lie down on the couch and avoid eating.
- Throughout the night, continue to use the bathroom frequently. However, make sure you turn on a fan so that people aren't suspicious when they don't hear sounds coming from the bathroom.
- Use a large amount of air freshener to cover the "smell" and keep the bath water running the next day.
Step 4. Don't raise suspicions by exaggerating symptoms
Sick people generally downplay their symptoms. Also, they only cough when necessary and show nausea when you feel it. Practice your false symptoms in front of the mirror and convince yourself before you convince others of your illness.
It is extremely easy to tell if a sneeze is real or fake. Avoid faking a sneeze, but if you feel it will make your appearance look more convincing, pinch the bottom of your nose with a feather or something similar to stimulate the sneeze reflex
Method 3 of 3: Prepare Ahead
Step 1. Talk about your “symptoms” the day before you want to take the day off
The night before, slowly begin to show symptoms that you are feeling unwell. Talk about how groggy you feel, don't eat all dinner, and consider going to bed earlier than usual. However, you don't need to sleep.
Your goal is to implant in other people's heads the idea that you don't feel well instead of directly telling them that you feel sick. This will make your symptoms seem more convincing to others, since you will not be the one to bring up the fact that you are feeling bad
Step 2. Show symptoms of the chosen disease slowly over a few hours
Nobody suddenly feels sick. Symptoms develop slowly until they become overwhelming for the grieving person. Start slowly, with a little light cough, or snort if you want to simulate a cold or the flu. Another thing you can do is act slower and react more slowly to things if you want to simulate the feeling of nausea.
Step 3. Stay up late so you have bags under your eyes like you couldn't sleep
Most people who are very sick have trouble sleeping (unless they have taken many drugs that cause drowsiness). Stays awake a few later than usual for visible bags under the eyes.
- That can be a physical indicator to other people that you have trouble sleeping, when you actually stayed awake having a good time.
- You can also use a small amount of eyeshadow to complete the effect. However, be careful not to use too many shadows because if someone notices that you are wearing them and you are not really tired, your performance will fall apart.
Step 4. Avoid making plans and being sociable as if you were sick
The number one reason people get caught when they pretend to be sick is to get caught doing something fun and exciting instead of staying home to recover.
Take a day off social media, cancel any plans you've made with your friends, and stay home all day. You don't want anyone to find out the truth about your ruse
Try not to take too many sick days when you are not truly sick. In the event that you are feeling truly ill and have already used up your sick leave, you will need more than just calling your boss to give you sick leave
- Making you vomit can damage your gums and tooth enamel. If you decide to stimulate the gag reflex, don't overdo it or you could actually vomit and cause long-term damage to your mouth.
- Taking too many days off sick can make your coworkers upset with you if they have to replace you. Make sure to call your boss early in the morning so he has plenty of time to reassign tasks, or offer to catch up on work later.