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Peer Support for the mental & physical symptoms in chronic illness

A Quick Guide to Spoon Theory

Think you understand Spoon Theory?

Living with a chronic illness can be challenging and many of us living with long-term health challenges need to apply Spoon Theory to our daily routine in order to live a more fulfilling life. Surprisingly, many of us think we know what Spoon Theory is all about, but in reality we’ve mostly skimmed over the key points if ‘debilitating fatigue’ interrupts our learning…

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Spoon Theory is a metaphor used to describe the amount of MENTAL or PHYSICAL energy a person has available for daily activities and tasks. It’s invaluable for anyone adapting to living with chronic illness and FOMO. For those who haven’t thought of counting spoons – it’s a good way to prepare for most days or events so, go on and check it out for yourself with these 3 quick guides we’ve curated for you.

With short attention spans, brain fog and extreme fatigue, a lot of us have gotten distracted by a butterfly, forgotten how to work our tech or fallen asleep at the screen before we’re halfway through reading.

We’ve curated 2 videos and an infographic that make it very quick and easy to understand Spoon Theory – depending on your learning style. Each version is valid on it’s own and all three variations together really set it in our brains.

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We have of course provided all the links to everything we show here, so you can research more yourself if your brain is awake and in need of distraction… Or, you can join in on any of our online groups – we are always talking about Spoon Theory and how to use it effectively! It’s the best thing ever!

Spoon Theory in 70 seconds

In this first video, if it you play it here instead of the full version on YouTube, you’ll understand Spoon Theory in 70 seconds – because this is the section where Jennifer illustrates it. Just press play to watch 70 seconds on loop…

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NewLifeOutlook community member Jennifer Herrera https://www.youtube.com/c/jeneralhealth explains the spoon theory created and copyrighted by Christine Miserandino: https://butyoudontlooksick.com

Spoon Theory For All

This second video, is more of an advanced ‘spoonie’ guide – 4 mins 30 seconds – of how to implement Spoon Theory in our day to day activities. More importantly, this video guide helps the people around us understand the benefits of balancing our energy use, to live a more fulfilling life as well as ways they can help.

Links after Video.

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More from Spoon Central...

Spoon Values Infographic

For those of us who need a more constructed idea of a potential ‘spoon value’, this example from Dysautonomia International will help guide you. This infographic was posted to Dysautonomia International’s Facebook page.

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Thank you to Christine Miserandino who found a way to help us live the best life we can. Put her name into your search engine and a plethora of links appear.

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