36: The Spoon Theory

“I have no spoons left to deal with this.” That’s a phrase my bestie used on a weekend girls trip to Minneapolis a few months ago. “No spoons? What does that mean?” I pondered out loud. Raychel then proceeded to explain to me The Spoon Theory. Ever since then, “no spoons” has been a phrase I’ve adopted. It’s a phrase that helps me give myself grace. More than that, it’s a completely practical way for me to explain chronic illness to the world around me.

According to Wikipedia, “The spoon theory or spoon metaphor is a disability metaphor, a neologism used to explain the reduced amount of mental and physical energy available for activities of living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness.” It was developed by Christine Miserandino and you can look her up at www.butyoudontlooksick.com.

In today’s episode of the She Who Overcomes Podcast, my bestie – Raychel Perman – and I have a candid conversation about how we apply the Spoon Theory in our own lives and understanding this can help you live with less shame on your own journey of health. Enjoy!


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