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Activities of Daily Living
April 4th

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!

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Activities of Daily Living - Mentation Question

When did I need to experience 'emptiness' before I could finally come to grips with what was really going on?

Activities of Daily Living - Hygiene and Grooming

Having clean hands is easier than having clean fingernails. Turn your fingers over and look under those fingernails. That is one incredibly germy place. The longer the fingernails, the more surface area for critters to hide. Long fingernails that are cakey underneath are just gross! If you have long fingernails, carry a toothbrush that you can make specific to your fingernails and clean them regularly.

Activities of Daily Living - Physical Activity

Yoga Sun Salutes are the best few minutes of exercise you can give yourself. If you have never done them, then look up a video on YouTube and do 10 of them today. You can also do a Google search on 'Yoga Sun Salutes' (images) so you can see a number of graphics. I keep my Yoga mat right next to me and several times a day I will call out to myself, "Stop and give me 10!" So I stop and do 10 Sun Salutes.

Activities of Daily Living - Housework and Cleaning

Clean the countertops in the kitchen. While wiping down countertops may be routine, moving around small countertop appliances and other items wiping under them and behind them may not be so routine. Pull everything off the countertops and give it a nice sparkling shine today.

Activities of Daily Living - Financial Management

One way you can save a lot of money is to quit telling yourself that you deserve something when in fact, you may not. Making up reasons to reward yourself may be the culprit for a lingering financial issue. This is where self-control comes in and if you will not control yourself, then you will be controlled by the consequences. Your job today is to be more aware of what self-control will get you.

Activities of Daily Living - Work and Productivity

The best way to become successful where you are or wherever you wish to be in your career, is to know more about the Company, product, service or department better than anyone else. That's how you get recognized or acknowledged before the next guy. Even if it is your own Company, no one should know that Company better than you. Even if you do not plan to stay in that business, you are there or in it for a reason that will likely serve you elsewhere. Take 20 minutes to only think about the business you are in and let your mind run wild.

Activities of Daily Living - Food Preparation

Start plotting out your meals for the week. Preparing a menu in advance will not only help you save money, it will save you time, it will save you energy and it will probably save you a ton of calories. Remember, 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of fat. If you cut 500 calories a day times 7, then that's 1 pound of fat you lose this week. Do not think 'diet', instead think the word 'nutrition'. Plotting out nutritious meals puts you right smack dab into the 'healthy lifestyle' category of eaters.

Activities of Daily Living - Today's Healthful Nutrient

Choose two (2) of the 'Phenylalanine' foods below
and incorporate them into your diet today.
Get creative!

DESCRIPTION: Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid is the precursor of tyrosine. This is an important amino acid. It produces neurotransmitters in the brain to produce norepinephrine. It assists in learning, memory, clarity and elevates the mood. Therefore, it may aid in the treatment of depression.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: It should not be taken by anyone suffering from high blood pressure, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, PKU (phenylketonuria), cancer or anyone taking MAO inhibitors. Women who are pregnant or lactating should also avoid using phenylalanine.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: It may assist in elevating the mood and treating depression.

FOOD SOURCES: Found in most foods but it is highest in those that are high in protein: dairy products and meats.

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