Anonymous asked: could you link me to the spoons reference? i saw that and found it very useful, but i can't find it again. thanks!
Answer:Here is a post explaining spoon theory and its origin.
Ultimately, it is a metaphor which helps people understand what it’s like to live with a chronic or mental illness.
The “spoons” represent your energy and what you are able to spend in a single day. You use these “spoons” whenever you do a task. Some day, you may start out with more “spoons” than other days. For example, on a good mental health day, you may feel like it’s 10 day, whereas a bad day you may only have 3. Certain tasks you do may cost a different amount of “spoons.”
For example, let’s say I woke up this morning with seven “spoons” to spare. I may spend five of them doing household chores. One to take out the trash, one to clean out the litter box, one to sweep, two to wash dishes. I may spend the other two on making a phone call, because phone calls can drain energy.
I’ve also seen people use the idea of a battery, much like a phone battery. Like, “I woke up with a 60% battery today, so I shouldn’t do as much today.” Because we all know big tasks can run your phone battery down fast! And once it’s dead, it needs to recharge.