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Tobias Ber
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Hey...

please check out this thread first, if you need to look up what is meant with spoons : https://permies.com/t/48536/spoon-theory

I see a problem, that many ways to get more spoons (or to reduce/prevent loss of spoons) will need some spoons to be invested upfront. So you need to have (at least some) spoons to get more and to keep your spoons.

I m thinking of ways to get spoons that are easy enough to do, even when your currently low on spoons.

  • drink enough water


  • caffeine (if that helps)


  • chocolate (we prefer around 80% cocao-content)


  • fun with children and/or animals


  • just laughing for no reason (just as an exercise)


  • going for a slow walk


  • meditation/prayer/deep relaxation-techniques


  • clearing your head by writing ToDo-list


  • taking a bath (or even a shower)


  • bathing or washing with alkaline stuff (baking soda, magnesium chloride, epsom salt ...)


  • taking vitamins (might not work much as short term solution, but could help long term)


  • watching good videos


  • listening to good music


  • deep breathing (wim hof method offers a good beginners technique)


  • applications of cold water (again: the beginners steps of wim ho method)


  • changing your view/perspective of the situation


  • being in the moment, here and now
  • talking to nice people (without putting them into spoon-drain)


  • just shaking your body and loosing the tension/stress (again: good music, deep breathing, laughing can be combined with that. Even prayer can be mixed into it. Letting go of stuff. Freeing oneself.)


  • watered down alcohol (if that is appropiate in your case/situation)


  • eating hot stuff (ginger, curry, chili etc...



  • What helps you?
     
    Andie Carter
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    What helps me:

    - taking a b12 and vitamin d supplement regularly.

    - going on long walks with my sweetie.

    - meditating

    - a warm cup of tea,  or if really low,  coffee with cinnamon,  cardamom, and nutmeg.

    - tending to something living.

    - thinking, and then acting on,  ways I can improve, or ways I can improve the situation.

    - spending ten, and just ten,  minutes working on something that's really stressing me out.
     
    Tobias Ber
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    hey andie,
    thank you and welcome to the forums.

    funny thing: when thinking about vitamins, I had B and D in mind.
     
    Andie Carter
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    Thanks for the welcome, Tobias! I actuality had an account here years ago, but couldn't remember the login. Oh well, fresh start.

     
    Tobias Ber
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  • drinking juices (veggies or fruit)


  • smiling (internally and/or externally)


  • speaking (or thinking) good words about oneself and other persons ("be-nice"-inner-dialogue, positive affirmation, blessing ...)
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    Tobias Ber
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  • stop reading the news. better read something helpfull on permies. something that really helps you and others to make a change.


  • (ok, stopping to read/watch news is more a way to protect oneself from spoon-drain.)
     
    Steven Kovacs
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    Exercise!  Try the 7-minute workout if (like most of us) you're strapped for time.  If I do it before bed, the whole next day is better.

    When you're stuck and frustrated about something, putting it to the side and just doing something _different_ can be very helpful.  If you were doing something sitting down indoors, go for a walk outside.  If you're frustrated with your partner, go talk to a friend instead.  If you were doing tricky detail work with your hands, go lift something heavy that doesn't require finesse.  And so on.
     
    leila hamaya
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    i was thinking about the spoons thing the other day..and i know several different people have articulated a similar concept in different ways...but suddenly i was thinking about Aleister Crowley. yes, a weirdo, writing in an overly cryptic way to be misunderstood, and already being largely misunderstood...but one of his repeated main points was about what he called current 93.

    to translate/paraphrase into permies speak  - he was basically getting at how to get abundant free spoons, with no output/cost - this being finding one's true will/right livelihood/genuine calling/authentic self...and then having the stregnth, courage and determination to make it happen and live true to one's self. this may be an oversimplification...but that was one of his main talking points ..this was "magick" ...that these currents of energy would assist when one was following one's true path...
    ah some food for thought...

    what helps me when i am low on spoons ? usually i just decide to do whatever it is that i want, go on "vacation" or more usually a staycation...just decide i will do whatever makes me happy that i enjoy...take some time to just be, and then be easy on myself for blowing off whatever deadlines/must do/chores/etc...i suppose i have been on a permanent vacation for quite a while now =) i know i am rather lucky for having so much free time and little pressure in my little world...even if that means i am short on $$ or whatever else...there can be a blessing in just learning to be ok with small steps, a small life, gently inching along.

    fortunately i like to work on things...so whatever i want to do is usually productive...go out foraging or swimming, work on the gardens, make art...or just have a nice quiet days indoors reading/binge watching movies/meditating...
     
    Rebecca Norman
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    I got lots of spoons at the Women's March. Really replenished them.
     
    Jocelyn Campbell
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    Paul likes to use Sundays as a day to re-charge, replenish, re-energize - in other words, build spoons.

    We took a walk up the volcano at wheaton labs base camp today. Walking outdoors in nature, almost always gives me spoons. It was lovely.

    The spring ephemerals like this shooting star blossom are not out yet, but they are starting to sprout!


    Some times, when walking around base camp, we see things left out or needing to be done, which can be a drain - the opposite of being restorative.

    Lately, that has not been the case, thanks to the good people here. Of course, there is still a LOT that we want to be done, but we're making progress and doing better about focusing on that.

    Other things that work for me are:
  • gardening
  • drinking in art and joy
  • hearing (or reading) an artful story
  • helping others (in useful ways - as part of my work, or when I'm inspired)


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    Travis Johnson
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    When I worked for the railroad it was a kind of a tough job because we might wait for hours in our 12 hour shift, then in a moments notice, be expected to jump into action and go like blue-blazes for a few hours...languish as trains rolled by...then go back out for an hour or two more. Going from lethargic blob to workaholic in seconds was grueling. I found bee pollen supplements to work really well.

    Just going for hikes on my farm nets me a high return on spoons. I keep track of the place, and I just feel better, often hiking alone.
     
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