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!
When I see a sign or signal, do I heed it or do I ignore it?
Since many of you will be around many people today (shopping, etc), keep a hankerchief or tissue in your pocket or tucked into your sleeve so you can blow your nose or itch your nose without touching your fingers to your nose.
Think 'stretch and grow' today. Stand up and have a big stretch or sit and have a big stretch or lay on the floor have a big stretch and you will feel so much better. Your body wants to stretch its muscles, tendons and ligaments. When you yawn you are trying to take in more oxygen into your blood. So yawn! Stretch your body and your mouth and YAWN!
Since many of you will be among a lot of people today, offer some assistance and use your manners. Better yet, don't ask, just start helping because you will be oxygenating your blood by getting up, assisting and moving around.
Making casseroles with leftovers is a great way to save money with Thanksgiving leftovers. Mashed potato pancakes are something we have once a year, the day after Thanksgiving. More than likely you will be on your phone today, so Google some moneysaving leftover ideas.
Preparation is always better than haste making waste. Whatever you are doing over the next couple of days, whether that is visiting, shopping or traveling, prepare your timing with the intention of being effective and enjoyable. Remember - effective and enjoyable.
Think about what you didn't have at Thanksgiving that could have made your food preparation needs a lot easier. Maybe you needed an extra hot plate, or skillet, wooden spoon or crockpot. Maybe you needed a hot food carrier for traveling. Use your 'Notes' App on your smartphone and put that on your Christmas or Black Friday list.
Choose two (2) of the 'TRYPTOPHAN' foods below and incorporate them into your diet today. Get creative!
DESCRIPTION: Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is the lowest in terms of levels needed by the body. It is responsible for normal sleep patterns. Vitamin B6 is needed for the formation of tryptophan, which affects serotonin levels. These serotonin levels influence sleep and mood.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Tryptophan has been studied in the past for insomnia, mood swing, depression and anxiety.
FOOD SOURCES: Chicken, bananas, yogurt, pineapple, cheese and it's most famous source turkey. (Gobble-Gooble) No wonder we are tired after Thanksgiving meal.
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