Happy Friday friends! We survived another week and here’s hoping that we are all feeling great as the weekend begins.
I was just thinking about how much things have changed since my fibro diagnosis last year, as well as the concepts and terminology that has become second nature to me due to fibro. One of the most fascinating concepts that I’ve heard about is spoon theory. This principle speaks to the finite energy stores possessed by the chronically ill, as well as how easy it is to fall into an energy deficit, resulting in the inevitable “crash” phase.
The Spoon Theory essay was written by Christine Miserandino, and I love that this simple teaching has offered such an accurate visual representation of the daily reality of chronically ill individuals. Once we have used up our energy, the results of exceeding our limitations can be devastating in the days and weeks to come. Also, it illustrates how having casual/less active days can allow us to “save up” energy for anticipated intense days.
I’ve shared this theory with friends and relatives so that they can better understand what I experience. It’s hard to describe the specific feelings that I may have each day, but I can easily tell you if I’ve used too many spoons in the previous days, or if, on a particular day, I have a lot of spoons at my disposal. It’s very useful for quantifying my energy levels on any given day.
If you really want a better understanding of chronic illness, I highly encourage you to read the Spoon Theory essay for yourself. If you’ve already read it, let me know your thoughts in the comment below!
Those are my views on Spoon Theory. I hope you all are doing well, and enjoy your weekend!
4 thoughts on “Fibro Fridays: A Thought on Spoon Theory”
I love to hear how the spoon theory has affected others. It is such a wonderful way of helping others to understand what we go through. I read the spoon theory years ago and have certainly used it since. Glad to see it is alive and well, as it helps others to see what we have to do to stay alive and well ourselves.
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The spoon theory has been so useful when describing what life with chronic pain is like. I’m always tickled when family and friends ask me how many spoons I have left on any given day ☺️
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Spoon theory is such a simple way of explaining things!
I just wrote my own post on spoon theory, I hope you come check it out: https://strengththroughvulnerability.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/spoon-theory/
Thanks for sharing your post! I will check it out 🙂