Spoons in brief
Today’s post in my autism awareness week series is probably the easiest. It’s about the spoons metaphor.
First read the original piece by Christine Miserandino.
That covers most of it. The much shorter version is that spoons are a unit of energy. I start most days with 10 spoons and doing things uses spoons. A shower, 2 spoons, commuting 4-6 spoons etc etc.
When I run out of spoons, I tend to get very spaced out. Beyond that, if the pressure continues, it tends to cause a panic attack.
I actively manage my spoons throughout the day. Knowing which activities drain spoons gives me a tool for ensuring I never push to far.