Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a real term used in healthcare that refers to daily basic self-care activities in an individual's residence, outdoor environment or both. The ability or inability that an individual performs their ADLs is a measure of the functional status of the individual, particularly the injured, those with disabilities and the elderly. Very young children require assistance from adults to perform ADLs since they have not yet developed the skills necessary to perform ADLs on their own.
Basic ADLs (bADLs) are the things we normally do such as bathing, dressing, feeding ourselves, functional mobility, personal hygiene and grooming. Instrumental ADLs (iADLs) are things such as housework, money management, preparing meals, shopping and work.
Sometimes it is necessary to review the rules of kindergarten to remember how to be nice to others and use Good manners. And sometimes we just need to go back to the basics of the 'Activities of Daily Living' in order to take better care of ourselves and start living Life rightly.
Below you will see 7 simple activities to accomplish at some point during the day all under the motivation of the the daily mentation question below. You have 24 hours to get through this question along with the 7 activities. READY? SET? GO!
MENTATION QUESTION Mentate on this question as you follow-through on the ADLs
Does my character (my actions and reactions) lead me closer to the Light or closer to the dark side?
HYGIENE & GROOMING (Activity)
If we could just stop touching our eyes, nose and mouth so much we could probably cut down on a lot of cross contamination of germs. Maybe just being more aware that the average person touches their face 3.6 times per hour will help stop this 'self-inoculation'. At 3.6 times per hour, it's obvious that we touch our face a lot more in one hour than we wash our hands.
PHYSICAL MOVEMENT (Activity)
Thoracic Extension Exercises help to decrease rounding of the upper back known as “increased kyphosis”. Sit in a chair that has a low back that serve as a hinge point for your spine. Clasp your hands behind your head and open your elbows out wide. Lean up and back over the chair. Then tilt your head up towards the ceiling. Take a deep breath in! Exhale and repeat 5-10 times daily.
Prevention is always going to be better than a cure. It doesn't matter if it is the body, the car or housework, minimizing or heading off a disaster is always going to be your best option. Plan ahead and make Life easier on yourself by making a few new household ground rules. Set 3 new household ground rules today that will make Life easier on everyone.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (Activity)
If you have a need to control your spending or have a desire to budget yourself then consider buying yourself a gift card. This makes it easy to monitor daily expenditures.
WORK & PRODUCTIVITY (Activity)
Be clear on what you will 'give' your attention to and what you will not. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.
FOOD PREPARATION (Activity)
Do yourself a favor and Google 'food prepping' images to give you an idea on what real food prepping looks like. It's actually a lot of fun and will spark your creativity. It's the best way to obsess over food.
TODAY'S HEALTHFUL NUTRIENT IS COPPER
Choose two (2) of the 'Copper' foods below and incorporate them into your diet today. Get creative!
DESCRIPTION: Copper is an essential trace mineral and is involved in enzymatic reactions. It appears in high concentrations in the liver and brain. It aids in the formation of red blood cells, hemoglobin, and bone. It also works synergistically with Vitamin C and Zinc. It plays a role in our taste, hair and skin color.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Helps support the nervous system and aids in strong, flexible connective tissue.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: If you have Wilson's Disease you should not take copper.
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