Words and phrases to speak about health
How to say you are ill
- I’m (feel) ill / sick
- I’m (feel) tired out / worn out/ exhausted / shattered
- I feel under the weather/ off colour (indisposed, slightly unwell)
- I’m on my last legs
- You look poorly
- He looks like death warmed up
How to say you are feeling OK
- I feel good (about emotional state)
- I feel well (about health)
- be a picture of (good) health (be in a very healthy condition — The doctor told him that he is a picture of good health)
- be hale and hearty (be in a good health — In spite of her old age, she looks hale and hearty)
- be alive and kicking (to continue to be well, healthy or successful — Don’t worry about your grandfather; he is alive and kicking)
- feel as right as rain
- I feel great! / I’m on top of the world / I feel like a million dollars!
- He’s glowing with health
- I have a headache / toothache / backache / stomachache / earache…
- I have a pain in my back / tooth / head…
- I have a broken / sprained / twisted ankle / wrist.
- I have a flu / cold / runny nose / fever / high temperature / sore throat
- I feel sick. I’m feeling nauseous.
- I have a bruise / cut / graze / wound.
- I’m running a temperature
- I have a painful sunburn
- It hurts me to swallow
- Exercise regularly.
- Take up (jogging, yoga)
- Eat healthy food.
- Brush your teeth regularly.
- Sleep early (= don’t stay up late!)
- Have a regular medical check-up/ an X-Ray/ an examination
- Relax/ take it easy
- Go on a diet
- Cut down on (salt)
- Cut out (fat)
- give up (smoking)
- keep off alcohol
- avoid stress
- go for a walk/ spend more time in the open air
- eye drops
- dose (of medicine)
- shot / injection (give some an injection)
- medicine (take medicine)
- operation / surgery
- doctor / physician
- general practitioner (GP)
- pharmacy / drugstore /chemist’s
- operating theatre
- surgery (medical operation)
- waiting room
- ward (a geriatric/maternity/psychiatric ward/ an intensive care ward )
- get over/ recover from an illness
- fall ill
- go/come down with an illness
- catch an illness/ to pick up an illness
- put on weight
- consult/ see/ make an appointment with a doctor