The Spoon Theory

The spoon theory is a metaphor used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for everyday activities and living that may result from disability or chronic illness.  The spoons are a measurement used to track how much energy each person has throughout the day.  Each activity requires a certain amount of spoons which can only be replaced as the person ‘recharges’ through adequate rest until the next available spoon becomes available.

One of the main points of the spoon theory is that a person with disabilities or chronic illness must carefully plan each day in order to conserve there spoons, whilst most people without disabilities or chronic illness need not worry about running out.  Healthy people do not need spoons for mundane activities such as taking a shower, getting dressed or loading the dishwasher therefore may not understand the sheer degree of energy expended for those with disabilities or chronic illness undertaking such tasks.

The spoons can be used up really quickly which prevents the next task from taking place until adequate rest takes place and another becomes available, this may not necessarily be the same day.

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