Stamped Spoons

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.

8 thoughts on “Stamped Spoons

  1. My family did much the same, except ours were pencils. We had only so many pencils with which to draw our life. Whatever pattern that helps you handle things. What do you do when you don’t have 10 spoons even at the start of the day? As a grown adult, 10 is the expectation, but what if you have to take away one or two from someone you love. My husband has lost four of his original 10. It’s so sad because I’m the one taking them away.

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  2. First, I like the photo. Second, I have always enjoyed learning about things I am not familiar with. Your experience is interesting and sheds light on areas I have not put a lot of thought into. Thanks for sharing!

    Elle

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  3. Thank you for this. I’m struggling today to get my school work done because I took the day off yesterday to spend with my family. The interaction, although joyful, left me weak and exhausted; more than it should have. I’ve been feeling guilty for letting my work go last night so I could rest, you made me feel better about my choices. I am so glad that you share your experiences with us here.

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  4. Alexis,
    In the Crohn’s world we also use the spoon analogy! I am all too familiar with what you have described. Sometimes you have to choose your spoons wisely. I am happy to hear that you are taking the time to take care of yourself; not matter how hard it may be sometimes. I enjoy reading your posts to check up on your progress. I am really proud of you, as I know recovery in any form is not easy. As the term comes to an end, I hope we are able to stay in touch. I would love to still know how you are doing, as well as how your schooling is going as well.
    Warm Regards,
    Anya

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    1. ugh, Anya I am so sorry you have to go through all of this. You are so strong and I really appreciate having someone to relate to in the class. You are amazing girl! Yes lets stay in touch! Do you have instagram? Mine is @thenamesalexis šŸ™‚ Hope we can stay in touch.

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  5. I’ve never heard of the “spoons” before. What a novel idea! I also think you’ve found some wisdom there about making health a priority over finals. If we’re not keeping ourselves (body or mind) healthy, it’s definitely going to affect everything else. Keep strong, Alexis!

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  6. I love this post! What you said right here: “With finals quickly approaching this is your friendly reminder that sometime you need to put recovery first so that everything else doesnā€™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.” This. This is exactly what has been running through my mind and what I needed to hear. I’ve invested all of my time in work and school I haven’t had a break in over a year and I can feel myself these past months getting super down. I work 40+ hours and I come home and do homework. I haven’t had time for myself, family, or friends and this past month and I’ve honestly been feeling depressed. I have decided that this is going to be my last term for a while because of the mental state I am in. I am going to focus more on myself and try to pursue my dreams in writing without the pressure of school. I hope you continue to post this summer. Thank you!

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