Recently I discovered the spoon theory and I wanted to share it with you in a blog incase you didn't already know about it or you had more thoughts about it. My good old friend wikipedia provides a definition:
"The spoon theory is a model used by some disabled people and people with chronic illness to describe their everyday living experience when their disability or illness results in a reduced amount of energy available for productive tasks. Spoons are an intangible unit of measurement used to track how much energy a person has throughout a given day. Each activity "costs" a certain number of spoons, which might not be replaced until the next day. A person who runs out of spoons loses the ability to do anything other than rest. One of the tenets of the spoon theory is that disabled or ill people must plan their activities to ensure that every day is manageable, while healthy people have a "never-ending supply of spoons" and thus never need to worry about running out. Because healthy people do not feel the impact of spending spoons, they may not realize that chronically ill or disabled people's considerations include mundane tasks such as bathing and getting dressed."
This year I have been sick for quite a few months and it's been one thing after another that wears down your resolve and your immune system. Combine this with ongoing anxiety, and you have a recipe for chronic illness.
There are a lot of things that use up a lot of spoons for me and I often find that my anxiety is far worse when I am running low on spoons. What do you think about this theory?
I realise that illnesses and disabilities are really multifaceted and a lot of things exacerbate and relieve the effects of them so I'm interested in how ideas like this fall short or succeed as an explanation.
Lots of love,