Shelli often chatted about The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino of butyoudontlooksick.com. You have only so many spoons to get through your day. When you’re sick, your spoon supply becomes limited so from the moment you wake up until bedtime you only have this much spoon energy. If you use too many then you are borrowing from the next day or save some for the next day if required.
I also love this ‘banking way” to explain your personal energy stores by chemocare.com. Anyone with a bank account, credit card etc will easily understand.
Cancer-Related Fatigue Assessment:
- Think of your personal energy stores as a “bank.” Deposits and withdrawals have to be made over the course of the day or the week to ensure a balance between energy conservation, restoration and expenditure.
- Keep a diary for one week to identify the time of day when you are either most fatigued or have the most energy. Note what you think may be contributing factors.
- Be alert to the warning signs of impending cancer fatigue – tired eyes, tired legs, whole-body tiredness, stiff shoulders, decreased energy or a lack of energy, inability to concentrate, weakness or malaise, boredom or lack of motivation, sleepiness, increased irritability, nervousness, anxiety or impatience.
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