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The Spoon Theory

Spoon theory is a powerful concept that can help people with chronic illnesses explain their energy levels to others. It was developed by Christine Miserandino, who used spoons to represent the limited amount of energy she had each day.


Automatic Thoughts

Some of our thoughts control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Positive thoughts lead to us feeling good and negative thoughts can put us down. Sometimes our thoughts happen so quickly that we fail to notice them, but they can still affect our mood. These are called automatic thoughts.

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Coping Strategies

Coping strategies are actions we take–consciously or unconsciously–to deal with stress, problems, or uncomfortable emotions. Unhealthy coping strategies tend to feel good in the moment, but have long-term negative consequences. Healthy coping strategies may not provide instant gratification, but they lead to long-lasting positive outcomes.


The Cycle of Anxiety

A pictorial covering the cycle of anxiety and describing each of the stages

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