Heard of Spoon Theory? Here’s My Take on It
As you recall from my previous newsletter, I am redefining my focus to concentrate on supporting those who, like me, are living with one or more chronic conditions. Here is my newly clarified mission statement:
My Mission Statement:
To be a guide to those who seek support in their basic wellness. To offer hope and coping tools for the multiple unique aspects of coping with a chronic illness. To uplift. To share practical ways that the chronic health journey can be a little easier and a little brighter. To be real, and honor that it hurts and it’s difficult. To remind that there is still joy to be found, even in our humanness.
New Facebook Group:
I have started a new Facebook group called Chronically Thriving in order to pursue this mission and create a community of support. I am still not entirely sure how this will evolve as time goes on, but I feel really good about offering a place of support, encouragement, hope, acceptance, tools for coping with the unique stressors chronic illness brings to daily living, and building mental and emotional resiliency. If this group will support you or a loved one, I hope you will join us!
The Battery Meter Metaphor:
Most people who have a chronic condition have heard of the Spoon Theory, which has helped many people to have a way to explain what it’s like to manage their energy with a chronic condition. But that explanation has never quite resonated with me and I found that a different metaphor naturally came about when I discussed it with others. Click on the video below for more.
Your Wellness Tip:
One of the biggest challenges for me with regard to energy management is planning, buying, preparing, and cleaning up after meals. It can help a lot to have as much as possible delivered, and many grocery stores offer delivery these days. That alone saves me huge amounts of energy and stress! I love to delegate as much as possible, but I also love when that can mean reaching out to services such as delivery options so that you still get the rest time you need without overtaxing loved ones.
To help you conserve some of the energy on your battery meter, here is a very simple meal idea that literally only takes 5 minutes, has easy clean-up, and is full of nutrition!
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Stew
1 pound of chicken breast tenders
4 ounces of frozen carrots or peas & carrots
1 Tablespoon (approximately) of minced garlic (buy the jars of pre-minced to save energy/time)
1 teaspoon (approximately) dried thyme
1 teaspoon (approximately) dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup rice
1 quart (32 ounces) mushroom, chicken, or vegetable broth (mushroom broth is amazing! And rich with nutrition!)
An additional quart of water
Salt & pepper as desired
Dump everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir and serve. If you have a removable crock in your slow cooker, you can store any leftovers very easily by placing the lid on the crock and placing the entire thing in the fridge. And, as easy as that, you have lunch or dinner for the next day, too! Use this recipe as it is or use it as the basis for battery meter saving ideas of your own!
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