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
Do I truly listen or am I just waiting for my turn to talk?
HYGIENE & GROOMING (Activity)
Confidence speaks volumes! I had a patient once who constantly bad-mouthed herself. She continually called herself names despite my efforts to convince her otherwise. Her favorite self-criticism was 'fatty'. One day I walked into the treatment room and said, "Hey, how ya' doin' fatty?" She said, "That's not nice!" I said, "Then stop calling yourself that and trying to convince me that is who you are."
PHYSICAL MOVEMENT (Activity)
If you are going to watch an abundance of TV, then at least get a piece of exercise equipment where you can let your brain mindlessly check-out while your attention is elsewhere. That might be a stationary bike, a glider, stairmaster, treadmill or some other form of mindless movement.
Vinegar and newspaper is probably the easiest streak-free way to clean mirrors. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You can use a clean cloth or paper towels but newspaper really does do the trick.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (Activity)
The quickest and easiest way to pay off debt is to stop creating more debt. While it sounds easy enough to do, the temptation to hold onto your cash and put your purchase on credit is constant. Credit means you don't own it! Your desire to actually have money in the bank or cash-on-hand has to over-ride your actions not make unwise purchases.
WORK & PRODUCTIVITY (Activity)
Listen to feedback, even if it comes in the form of criticism. While you cannot please everyone, part of growth is change. You must change in order to grow and you must grow in order to change. Puppies never stay puppies and babies never stay babies. Change is Good and change is often.
FOOD PREPARATION (Activity)
You probably have a Good idea of what foods your body is allergic or sensitive to. The foods that make you lethargic and tired, are foods that you should plot out your 'day of demise' ahead of time. It's rare that I eat pasta but when I do, I acknowledge and negotiate with myself ahead of time that it is going to be a 'day of demise'. I never eat pasta without first acknowledging that lethargy and lack of productivity will be the end result. Lethargy just pisses me off, so its rare I eat pasta.
TODAY'S HEALTHFUL NUTRIENT IS 'VITAMIN A'
Choose one (1) of the 'Selenium' foods below and incorporate them into your diet today. Get creative!
DESCRIPTION: Without Vitamin A it is impossible for the body to use proteins? Do you know what this means? It means forget about utilizing protein unless you have Vitamina A. This vitamin is an antioxidant as well as a fat-soluble nutrient. So, it can be dissolved in fat. When we eat food that contains beta-carotene, it is then converted to Vitamin A in the liver. If you aren't that crazy about foods that contain Vitamin A, you might want to take a high-quality multivitamin which should provide vitamin A (fat soluble) in the form of retinyl palmitate; and mixed carotenoids (water soluble). These are the building blocks your body uses to make vitamin A. You might see carotenoids appearing on labels as alpha- and gamma-carotene, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin. (Who made up these names?) Though overdosing on Vitamin A is unlikely, the skin could quite possibly turn a slight yellow-orange with a hefty intake.
**This web site's goal is to provide you with information that may be useful in attaining optimal health. Nothing in it is meant as a prescription or as medical advice. You should check with your physician before implementing any changes in your exercise or lifestyle habits, especially if you have physical problems or are taking medications of any kind.