This page contains answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How do I add more spoons?
In the Spoonie Day app, each new day starts with a set allocation of 12 spoons. This is a deliberate design choice to stay true to the principles of the original Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. The concept of "spoons" serves as a metaphor for the energy reserves individuals with chronic illness have each day, and by adhering to a fixed number, we aim to reflect the real-life energy management strategies these individuals must employ.
Why We Maintain a Fixed Spoon Count:
Honoring Spoon Theory: Our decision to fix the daily spoon count at 12 is a tribute to the Spoon Theory's foundations, providing a simple yet powerful tool for our users to manage their energy and activities.
Simplicity and Usability: Allowing the addition of spoons could complicate the app’s use, making it more challenging to log activities and manage energy effectively. We strive to keep the app accessible and user-friendly, focusing on enabling users rather than creating additional tasks for them.
Encouraging Mindful Energy Management: By maintaining a fixed spoon count, we encourage users to plan their day thoughtfully, prioritizing activities that are most important to them and learning to balance their energy expenditure. This approach helps users develop strategies for energy management that can be applied both within and outside the app.
Maximizing Your Daily Spoons:
While it's not possible to add more spoons to your day, we encourage users to focus on optimizing how they use their available spoons. This can involve:
Prioritizing Activities: Choose activities carefully based on their importance and the energy required.
Practicing Self-Care: Engage in self-care practices that help replenish your energy and improve overall well-being.
Seeking Support: Utilize the Spoonie Day community for support, advice, and shared experiences to help make the most of your spoons.
We understand the challenges our users face and continuously work to provide a supportive and practical tool that respects the spirit of the Spoon Theory while aiding in daily energy management.
I went over my Spoon Count for the previous day, how can I reflect this in the next day's Spoon Count?
Going over your allocated spoon count is a common experience for many living with chronic illness, reflecting days when we might push our limits. Recognizing this, the Spoonie Day app allows you to account for spoon overages, helping you manage your energy more accurately.
Here's how to adjust for overages:
Review Your Overage: First, check your activity log from the previous day to determine how many spoons you went over. For instance, if you had a total of 13 spoons used, this means you were 1 spoon over the standard daily allocation of 12. This should be reflected in your application by text “1 Borrowed from Tomorrow”
Log the Overage as an Activity: On the following day, you can log this overage as a distinct activity. Simply add a new activity named "Overage" and allocate the number of spoons you went over. Using the example above, you would log "Overage" with a count of 1 spoon. By naming your deficit something consistent like “Overage” you’ll be able to see how often this happens and when in the reporting section.
Adjust Your Daily Count: After logging the overage, your available spoons for the day will be adjusted accordingly. In the example of a 1-spoon overage, you will start the day with 11 spoons instead of 12.
Tips for Managing Spoon Overage:
Prioritize Rest: Consider incorporating more restful activities or self-care practices to help recover from the overage.
Adjust Activity Levels: Temporarily reduce your activity level to accommodate the reduced spoon count and prevent further overextension.
Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Spoonie Day community for support and advice on managing days when you’re low on spoons.
We understand that managing chronic illness is a delicate balance and hope this feature assists you in navigating the challenges with greater awareness and control.
I haven't received my verification email. What should I do?
If you're having trouble finding your verification email from Spoonie Day, here are a few steps you can take to resolve the issue:
Check Your Spam or Junk Folder: Sometimes, emails from new contacts or services can be mistakenly marked as spam by your email provider. Please check your spam or junk folder to see if the verification email was redirected there.
Verify Your Email Address: Ensure that the email address you entered during sign-up is correct. It's easy to make a typo or use a different email than intended. If you believe there might have been an error, please try signing up again with the correct email address.
Wait a Few Minutes: Sometimes, there can be a delay in email delivery due to server load or internet connectivity issues. It might take a few minutes for the email to arrive in your inbox.
Check Your Email Filters: If you have set up email filters or rules, the verification email might have been automatically moved to a specific folder. Review your filters to see if emails from Spoonie Day are being directed elsewhere in your email account.
Add Spoonie Day to Your Safe Senders List: To prevent future emails from being sent to spam, add the Spoonie Day email address (email@example.com) to your contacts or safe senders list. This action tells your email provider that you trust emails from us.
Resend the Verification Email: If you've checked the above and still can't find the verification email, you can request to resend the verification email by contacting us.
Can I replenish spoons?
Yes, you can! Understanding the dynamic nature of energy management and in response to our user community's feedback, we've introduced a feature that allows you to replenish spoons during the day. This update offers a more flexible approach to energy management, accommodating the real-life experiences of those managing chronic illness.
How to Replenish Spoons: Log a Recharging Activity: When you engage in an activity that you feel has replenished your energy, you can log this just like any other activity in the app. This could be anything from taking a sensory break, meditating, enjoying a moment of fresh air, or any other restorative practice.
Use the "Replenish" Toggle: While entering your activity, you'll notice a toggle to switch the activity to "replenish" mode. Once you activate this toggle, the activity's color will change from purple to green, signaling it's an energy-replenishing activity.
View the Impact on Your Spoon Count: Replenishing activities will reflect in your energy bar and spoon count on the home screen, adding spoons back to your daily total rather than subtracting. This visual representation helps you keep track of your energy levels more accurately throughout the day.
Limitations Are Only Your Imagination: We encourage you to explore various activities that help you recharge. The only limit is your imagination! Whether it's a quick nap, listening to your favorite music, or a short walk, find what works best for you and see how it positively affects your spoon count.
Why We Made This Change: This feature was developed in direct response to user requests for a way to reflect the positive impact of self-care and recharging activities on their energy levels. While it diverges from the original spoon theory, it aligns with our commitment to support our users' well-being and provide a realistic tool for managing daily energy.