I'm not sure who posted "The Spoon Theory"; I think it might have been Lynnwood; anyway, it fits the way I feel most days to a "T"! I am starting to panic because we are literally a week away from Christmas and while I have my shopping almost done (thanks to the internet); I don't have my tree decorated and no presents wrapped.
I went out to run a few errands to day and by the time I got home I told my son and his girlfriend (whom I had shared "The Spoon Theory" with) I am and out of spoons! Normally, I pace myself really well and can tell when to stop; today I wasn't out all that along and all of the sudden it's as if I hit a wall.
I'm not sure, if it's the hustle and bustle of the holidays or if I just truly over did it. Anyone else having these issues lately?
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I teach high school 11th/12th graders in a health occupations class and am very grateful to <butyoudontlooksick.com> for posting The Spoon Theory. I read it to all my students as my introduction to taking care of people with disabilities, and to my lupus diagnosis. I remember crying when I first read it. And I get teary eyed whenever a student asks me, do I need a spoon? I have a handpainted teaspoon, that was made and given to me by one of my nursing students on graduation, so that I would always have just one more spoon for when I needed it! Stress is the killer.... say it with me.... stress is the killer. I feel better, do too much, feel lousy, crash too long..... feel better, do too much........ok, say it with me....balance is best. I have learned the hard way: I must accept, if I want the energy to do this tomorrow, I can't do this today. Or pay.... yesterday I pushed a shopping cart through a foot of slush and lifted birdseed. Today I can't lift myself out of my recliner.... I just decided the dust bunny by the fireplace makes a good family pet. Don't have to feed it or groom it....
Happy Christmas and Merry Hanukkah