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!
How disciplined am I to do what I feel called to do?
Avoid sweaty feet! Your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands in each foot that excrete about a half pint of moisture everyday, which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Wear socks to keep your feet dry and healthy. Here is a great link to the perfect sock for you.
Ab squeezes: Breathe in, then hold in and tighten your stomach muscles. It should feel like your belly button is touching your back. Squeeze at least 30 times and rest. I like this a lot better than crunches and I can do them while I'm typing this to you. Practice this every day and you should feel and see results soon.
Rubber bands and zip ties (cable ties) are a must when it comes to household organization. They also keep your cables and cords together and organized. Surge protectors are also a household must. Read more about surge protectors here!
When you go out to lunch or dinner with others, do not volunteer to put the entire bill on your card and everyone just pay you cash. This is how credit card bills get run up due to ego. This is also how one person gets stuck with the tax and tip. Most restaurants will allow everyone to throw their card on the table to pay their own bill.
Carry your cords in your car, back pack or tote. I travel a lot, so my office on wheels (wheeled briefcase) always has a surge protector, extension cord and extra set of phone cords for both my phones. These cords never leave my wheeled office. If I'm stuck in an airport, my surge protector which can handle multiple devices will insure me a space in the wall outlet because I can share it with others. If the outlet is being used, someone will always unplug so I can plug in the surge protector and now 6 people can use it. Incidentally, a surge protector and power strip 'are not' the same thing although they can look the same.
Soups can be about the most inexpensive meals you can make. Search for a few soup recipes that you can make in your slow cooker, then freeze in single serving containers. I make a lot of soup on a regular basis such as - cabbage soup, chicken soup, vegetable soup, beef stew, split pea soup, bean soup, etc. Soups are no brainers and a lot of times very low in calories if you can stay away from the creamy recipes.
Choose two (2) of the 'Black Cohosh' foods below and incorporate them into your diet today. Get creative!
DESCRIPTION: Black cohosh has long been used as a tonic for the nervous system because it is a safe and effective sedative. And because black cohosh contains the natural hormone estrogen, it helps with female conditions. Black cohosh is a traditional remedy used by Native Americans to help women during menopause. Black cohosh is also known to have a stimulant effect on the uterine muscles and has been used at times to facilitate labor and delivery.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Black Cohosh is a known nutritional support of menopause and perimenopause. Black Cohosh helps soothe muscle spasm. asthma, bronchitis, epilespsy, high blood pressure, hormone balance, lungs, menopause, menstrual problems, St. Vitus dance, tuberculosis and whooping cough. Black Cohosh has the minerals silicon, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. It also contains the vitamins, Vitamin A, inositol and pantothenic acid.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Black Cohosh should be avoided during pregnancy because of the stimulanting effect on the uterus. It may also cause occasional gastrointestinal discomfort. Large doses of black cohosh may cause sensitivity to the sun, dizziness, headache, nausea, impaired vision, vomiting and impaired circulation.
**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.