20 More Sincere Ways to Say ‘Hope You Feel Better’


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When someone’s not feeling well, it’s important to do what we can to help them feel better. While it’s easy to fall for the cliched message of ‘hope you feel better,’ can you take this further? Get well wishes are powerful, but you want to ensure you’re sincere. 

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What you say during this time can affect someone’s recovery and help improve their day. Words are a way to spread positivity, no matter how small your words of comfort may be. 

If you’re struggling to find a more sincere way to say ‘hope you feel better,’ this guide is for you. Not only should you consider who you’re writing to, but also consider what condition they’re in. Whether they’re under the weather, recovering from a surgery, or struggling with grief, here’s some inspiration for what to say.  

How to Say ‘Hope You Feel Better’ to a Close Friend or Family Member

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If you’re addressing your message to someone you’re already really close to, this is your chance to offer a lot of support. These are the bonds that matter the most. Go above and beyond by offering real-world help, one of these get well gift ideas, or just kind words of support. 

1. “I hope you find more strength each and every day.”

Instead of a generic ‘I hope you feel better,’ go a step further. Let them know that they’ll find strength in their journey to recovery, bit by bit. 

2. “You’re in my warmest thoughts. I wish you the quickest recovery.” 

Let your loved one know you’re thinking of them as they go through this. Root for them as they recover.

3. “Hang in there! If anyone is strong enough to recover, it’s you.” 

You know your loved one better than others. They trust your opinion. If you say they’re strong enough to get through this, they’ll know you’re telling the truth. 

4. “Recovery can sometimes be the hardest part. Is there anything I can do?”

Aside from letting them know you understand how they feel, ask if there’s something you can do for them. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.

5. “Sending you all the strength you need for this road ahead.”

As a friend or family member, you’re a source of strength when your loved one needs it most. How can you be there for them during this time?

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How to Say ‘Hope You Feel Better’ to an Acquaintance or Stranger

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Knowing what to say when someone’s sick isn’t always easy. This is especially true if they’re an acquaintance or someone you don’t know very well. Try these phrases when you’re not sure the right words to say. 

6. “That sounds really challenging. I wish you all the best.” 

Sometimes people just want to feel heard. If someone’s going through a rough patch with their health, let them know that you acknowledge this challenge. 

7. “I wish the best of health in your future.” 

While we never know what tomorrow will bring, we can wish well for those in our lives. 

8. “I hope your recovery goes smoothly every step of the way.”

Aside from being ill or experiencing a health emergency, recovery can be the most challenging part. Wish this person success and health every step of this process. 

9. “I hope you’re back doing the things you love soon.” 

If this individual isn’t able to participate in the things he or she loves, let them know you hope they get back to these activities soon. 

10. “I can’t imagine how that feels. Wishing you the best support.” 

Most people aren’t looking for advice or pity when they share their health news with an acquaintance or stranger. Meet them with respect and kindness with this message.  

How to Say ‘Hope You Feel Better’ to a Coworker or Boss

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It’s thoughtful to offer kind words of support to your coworkers and boss when they experience health challenges. Because these relationships are often tricky to manage, these messages are always a good fit. 

11. “I hope you’re feeling back to your positive self soon!”

For the person who’s always ready to help out, let them know that they’ll feel more like themselves in no time. 

12. “It’s been tough around here without your help. I hope you feel better soon!”

It’s nice to know that one’s hard work is appreciated. Let your coworker or boss know that you miss their contributions around the office.

14. “Don’t worry about the work right now! This time is all about your recovery.” 

When you’re not feeling well, worries about work often get in the way of healing. Assure your coworker or boss that this is taken care of. 

15. “Wishing you all the sleep, rest, and recovery you need.” 

Instead of simply saying ‘hope you feel better,’ remind your coworker or boss of the things that work towards a speedier recovery. 

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How to Say ‘Hope You Feel Better’ Online

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With most of our world going digital, it’s not uncommon to post these types of sentiments online as well. Because etiquette tends to be different online, you want to make sure your words don’t come across flat. These messages are perfect for sharing online. 

16. “I always thought you were invincible! It’s good to know you’re human too. Feel better soon, friend!”

This joke hints that you find the recipient to be a strong, capable person. Your kind message reminds them that they’ll feel better in no time. 

17. “Illness comes and goes, but friends are forever. Missing you!” 

Though lighthearted, this message lets the recipient know they have friends who love and care for him or her. 

18. “Your strength and positivity inspire me! Keep fighting, friend.” 

Seeing someone struggle with their health on social media is never easy, but it’s also a form of inspiration. Show your friend that you admire all they do. 

19. “We’re all rooting for you and your recovery!”

If you’re posting on behalf of multiple people, let the recipient know that everyone’s on their side. Recovery is much easier when you’re not alone. 

20. “Sending lots of hugs and love your way for a quick recovery!”

When you can’t see a friend or family member in person, it’s hard to make sure they know just how you feel. Reminding them of your love and support often means the world in that moment. 

Healing Together: Offer Help Along the Way

There are a lot of unique, supportive ways to say ‘hope you feel better.’ While it’s sometimes easier to stick with the most generic messages, stepping outside the box pays off. It shows your loved one that you’re willing to personalize a message to them, and that you’re really thinking of them during this challenging time. 

We can’t always be there in person for those who we love. By knowing some of these supportive messages above, we always know the “right” thing to say when the situation strikes, whether it’s digitally or at work. Together, we can make the healing process a little bit easier for everyone. Though small, these kind words are sure to make their day a little brighter. 

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