A Metaphor for Struggling Mentally

Tea Kettle on Stove
Cup of Tea or Endless Trek?

I read somewhere on the internet (maybe on Twitter?) about a person who was describing how some days are harder get through for them than others. They used the analogy of preparing tea. On an easy day, it feels like it takes maybe three steps. On a more difficult day, it might take six steps. On the most difficult days when even the simplest things feel insurmountable, it could seem to take a dozen or more steps. As your mental state becomes fogged by depression or the more overwhelmed you are, the harder it is to do anything. The analogy really resonates with me.  I have days when I despair that I’ll ever complete a task. Most days I manage to power through but it can feel so difficult. Some days I start a task and it feels like it telescopes into an infinite amount of sub-tasks.

I’m not sure what the answer is to this. I’m not even sure that there is an answer. I just thought I would put this up here.


  1. This gave me food for thought and is something I can relate to somewhat! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Feel free to read some of my blogs 🙂

  2. The spoon theory!

    I’ve used explained it to. I’ve used it a few times to explain to people how I’m feeling and why “it’s not difficult, it’s only ______” doesn’t always apply to every persons situation.

    1. Exactly! I forgotten about the spoon theory. That is another excellent metaphor (simile?) to use.

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