Recharging My Spoons

You may remember that I spoke about the spoon theory a month or so ago. 

The spoon theory is a metaphor those with a disability, chronic illness and/or autoimmune disease, for example, use to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and tasks. 67797_10209343858420587_5759416048004981043_n

The idea of the spoon theory is that many people with a disability or chronic illness must carefully plan their daily activities to use their spoons wisely, while most people with better health or who do not have a disability, do not need to worry about running out of them. Spoons are a unit of measurement used to track how much energy a person has throughout the day. If you imagine that each activity requires a certain number of spoons, which will only be replaced as the person rests, then if you run out of spoons, you have no choice but to rest until your spoons are replenished.

As other people without a disability or chronic illness do not feel the impact of spending spoons for mundane tasks such as bathing and getting dressed, they may not realise the amount of energy used by those who do need to plan their energy usage just to get through the day. They do not tend to have a limited amount of energy, as most daily tasks could never get close to exhausting them, unlike those with hypothyroidism, for example.

Even those who have their hypothyroidism well treated, like myself, tend to be more at risk of over exhausting and expecting too much of ourselves, compared to other people, and, well, the past few days have been hectic. So, I booked an extra day off work, following the bank holiday weekend, to recharge my spoons. Basically, I needed a day to dedicate to just resting, so I can recuperate, because it’s important that I don’t set myself on a downward spiral by making myself really ill, like you know I used to be.

I’ve acknowledged that I’m a bit tired out, so today I will be resting and taking it easy.

As my partner set off for work this morning, I stayed in bed, finally getting up just before 10am (I love my bed so much), coming down to have a cup of decaf herbal tea with a couple of biscuits, and log on to my laptop. My plan for the day is to take it easy, type up a few blogs maybe, stick some films on and eat some good food. I’ve ate quite a bit of rubbish the past few days, so it’s important I’m good with food now!

I’m not feeling too tired, but I am feeling a lag in energy compared to normal, so I know that it’s crucial to top my spoons back up now, so as to recover back to good energy as soon as possible and as effectively as possible.

I hope you’re looking after your spoons!

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