As Spoonies sometimes we can only focus on limitations, but let’s think about some ways that we can find some relief and preserve that energy! We’ve listed a few ideas below and would love to know what works for you.
Sensory breaks: Taking a break from stimulating activities, such as loud noises, bright lights, and strong smells, can help to preserve energy. This can include activities such as sitting in a quiet, dimly lit room or spending time in nature.
Resting: Taking regular breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge can help to preserve energy. This can include activities such as taking a nap, reading a book, or simply closing your eyes and relaxing.
Time management: Prioritizing your tasks and learning to say no to non-essential activities can help to preserve energy. This can include activities such as learning to delegate tasks and setting realistic goals.
Managing stress: Engaging in stress-reducing activities such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation can help to preserve energy.
Adaptive equipment: Using adaptive equipment such as a cane or wheelchair can help to conserve energy by reducing the need for physical exertion.
Pacing: Breaking up activities throughout the day and alternating between rest and activity can help to preserve energy. We recommend using an app like Spoonie Day to help with this!
Sleep hygiene: Establishing a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine, and winding down before bed can help to promote restful sleep and preserve energy.
Meal planning: Preparing meals and snacks in advance can help to preserve energy by reducing the need to cook or shop during the day.
Self-care routine: Incorporating self-care activities such as a warm bath, skincare routine, or relaxation techniques into your routine can help to preserve energy.
Support system: Building a support system of friends, family, or a therapist can help to preserve energy by providing emotional and practical support.
It's important to remember that everyone's needs are different, it's important to experiment and find what works best for you. It's also important to remember that it's ok to ask for help and to make adjustments to your routine as needed.
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