Take Some Time Out!

Greetings Warriors!

I haven’t posted a Pain Warrior Pep Talk in a while! I am hoping you have recently had some better days (emotionally mentally) & some pain-free days also!

I haven’t posted much lately as I had the summer holidays away from work. Unfortunately, the new school year has commenced. Alas, I am classroom-bound again for this academic year *cue sad violin music*.

Before the holidays started, I had originally planned to get a lot of work done. Truth be told, I didn’t get much done at all! I was regretful once the end of the holidays approached. I felt like I had failed myself. However, my perspective changed once I reflected on what I did get to do over the summer; I spent quality time with my family and close friends. I don’t usually get to spend much time with my people during the academic year. This is usually because I am pressed for time, or don’t always feel well enough whenever it’s the weekend or a holiday from work. When I realised this, it had hit me that maybe I was being too hard on myself: as a person who deals with a chronic illness, I juggle two jobs (most of us spoonies struggle to deal with one!). Before the holidays, my body was already acting up and I felt run down. I needed the summer holidays to rest, recuperate and regenerate my energy. It was ludicrous to plan to use my time on holiday FROM work, to DO work! I’m not a newbie warrior – I know better than that.

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So why am I sharing this with you? To remind you that it is OKAY to rest. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. There needs to be time for everything;  including a time for working AND a time to rest. But make sure you don’t neglect the latter. Resting enables you to regenerate the energy you will need to get your next task or goal completed.

Now one can easily think “I already know this…”, but don’t consider this pep talk to be a new lesson – consider it to be a revision session.

We already know spoonie life entails our bodies constantly being under attack. You can’t control every aspect of what your illness does to you. However, you can control how much rest you allow yourself to have.

Let’s look at the spoon theory

If we take the Spoon Theory into account, it is essential for us to recuperate and regain our spoons. We stifle our chances of having four/five spoons if we are always pushing ourselves on one spoon. This will result in us crashing in a way that is so disastrous, it will take longer to recuperate. Longer than it would have if we had just rested prior to our bodies feeling run down.

For those of you aren’t sure what the Spoon Theory is, the best way I can explain it follows;

The Spoon Theory is usually used by those who suffer from chronic illnesses or have disabilities. This theory was originally penned by Christine Miserandino: it uses metaphorical spoons in a way that can be likened to a meter. This meter measures how much energy an individual has to engage in tasks for that day. The quantity of spoons the individual has (0-5) indicates how much energy they possess. 0 spoons mean the individual has absolutely no strength to function: it’s a dreadful day. 5 spoons mean the individual is feeling quite powered & able to function to the best of their ability. Keep in mind that a person having 5 spoons doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t experiencing any pain at all. I have had many 5 spoons days where I am able to go to work and function to the best of my abilities – with the pain still present.

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Which brings me back to the point: You are entitled to have a rest. Don’t deprive yourself of something that is detrimental to your wellbeing. Also, stop making yourself feel guilty or stressed whenever you do take time out to rest. If you spend the whole time doing this, you won’t even feel rested when it is over. Thus you will only be returning, feeling just as rubbish – if not worse than you already felt before you had your break.

Take time out and make every effort to enjoy it. Do whatever makes you feel peaceful & tranquil. Whether that is sleeping, reading, watching television, rolling on the floor (providing that it doesn’t use up your spoons) whatever works for you! When you do, own it. Be good to yourself. Your body is already fighting you on everything else as it is. Your work, job or family aren’t going anywhere and they’ll be there when you have finished your break!

When was the last time you took time out for a break? Leave a comment and talk to me!

Wishing you well warriors! Until next time,

Tasha Marie


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10 thoughts on “Take Some Time Out!”

  1. Pauline Dempsey

    Billie-Jo you have my story but always lookiking at all your post. Anxiety withdrawals not sleeping. My days are turn to night. Night turn in today. Hugs

  2. I have never heard the spoon theory before! Very interesting in applying it to our need to rest. I agree so completely in how much rest is needed! Great post!

    1. Thanks for that Riley. I’m hoping the spoon theory made sense! Life is a mess without rest!

  3. As a teacher, I can totally relate! Every school break, I set huge goals for myself, and then I end the break feeling like a failure for not meeting those goals. You’re absolutely right, though, we need time to unwind and catch up with loved ones. I do not suffer from migraines or chronic pain like you do so I can only imagine how difficult that must be, but I did start having seizures a few years ago and I believe it’s in large part because I was pushing myself too hard and not giving myself enough time to rest.

    1. Hey Kate – it’s always nice to come across a fellow educator who knows the struggle! I’m sorry to hear about your seizures though. Although you might not have chronic pain, I can imagine you’ve still felt the impact that condition can have on your life. It changes everything! Do you have anything in particular that triggers it off or any tells that it’s coming? I can understand what you mean about pushing yourself and how it can lead to a breaking point with your health. We often forget how important it is to our health in every way possible

  4. Thank you for the reminder. Often times, I find myself in the “go go” mode everyday. I think society has built that paradigm of sacrificing rest to reach our goals.

    1. Thanks for your comment Trenye. I agree – that is the message that we see all the time. It’s like a never ending cycle because once we achieve those goals, we then take on new goals without having some down time. Shedule your time out and take it unapologetically! ?

    2. healthywithjamie

      Thank you for sharing this. I was not familiar with the spoon method.

    3. thank you for reading and commenting, it’s the closest analogy we’ve got at the moment. It makes things more relatable ?

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