Recovery Tip: I like to used stamped spoons sometimes. I bought some off of Etsy and you’d be surprised how motivating it is getting to use a cute little spoon that says “love yourself” or “your eating disorder Is lying to you.” It just makes recovery and the whole situation of eating a little brighter.
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this concept but my Mom talks about it sometimes. In a day we have ten spoons, something like doing your homework, making a blog post, or cleaning your room would take a spoon. Maybe for the average person going to the store would take one spoon. At the beginning of the day we can chose to use our spoons however we’d like. For someone in recovery however, the simple things seem to take more spoons than the average person. I can not tell you how exhausting recovery is in the first year or two. I don’t even only mean emotionally.
Eating is really hard when you are recovering from Anorexia and the same goes for other eating disorders with various behaviors I am sure. Some days in my recovery I feel like I have to pick between recovery, and getting the things done that I need to. I am a pre-med student. this means that all of my focus is supposed to go towards my schooling but it can’t. On hard days I have to make hard decisions like am I going to use two of my spoons towards fighting my eating disorder and eating breakfast, or am I going to use two of my spoons to study for finals.
With finals quickly approaching this is your friendly reminder that sometime you need to put recovery first so that everything else doesn’t come last. It is all about energy and spoon management. Sometimes studying will just have to wait because your health has to be the main priority in this season. key words, in this season.
There may be a time when recovery gets easier and you are able to not use as many spoons in one day on it but until then it has to come first. School will still be there when you are healthy. Sometimes I have found that taking a solid nap gives me an extra spoon as well. Naps are honestly awesome and not just for the elderly and three year olds.