Tag: physical challenges

Consistency is Your Friend

As I’ve said in past Blog Posts, recognizing and then phasing out long-held habits that no longer help you anymore and forming and practicing new helpful ones that do, can reduce stress and make your life a little easier.  

Many of my other Blog Posts deal with how to reduce losing things and then finding things.  The tips below are along the same lines, but a bit different.

I avoid randomly setting down my wallet, keys and cane on returning home which used to lead to panic when I needed them when it was time to head out.  This no longer happens because I now have a small box by the door. I no longer have to look for them.

Here’s what I do to more easily locate the glass, cup or bottle from which I’m drinking.  Assuming I’m standing or sitting at a table or counter and have it in my hand, I press my elbow against the table’s edge with the item held upright.  Keeping my elbow touching, I lower the item to the table. To locate it, I contact the same spot with my elbow and lower my hand. Bingo, there it is.  This technique works for all sorts of similar purposes.

During a meal, do you misplace the piece of silverware you’re using; or worse yet, bump it and send it flying?  Get into the habit of consistently setting it on the far side of the bowl or plate with the handle pointing away from you.  

Overall, if you’re lucky enough to have any control over where things end up in your kitchen or elsewhere, the following might help:    

  1. Use the sides of cabinets the home for frequently used items.  
  2. If salt and pepper shakers are in identical containers without obvious tactile markings, decide which goes on the right or left.  Make up your own rule; here’s mine. I don’t favor pepper, so the container on the right is salt. Get it, salt is right and pepper is wrong, I mean left. 

Bottom line, I agree with the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”  

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Reducing Dropping and Spilling Things

This post deals with the common but troublesome act of dropping or spilling something.

Whether it’s hard to see what you dropped or the getting down and back up is difficult, reducing the number of times you have to do it is a plus. 

But if you’re dropping things because you’re unsteady or for similar reasons, please seek medical advice. 

To drop or spill things less often, you will need to stop and consider what you were doing both physically and mentally when it happened.  Maybe you were not fully focused on what you were doing or not using the best technique or moving too fast. I know I’ve been guilty of them all.

Your challenge will be to recognize when you’re about to repeat such actions.  Then eventually replace them with actions that might lessen the chance of it happening again.

The tips below aren’t brilliant, but perhaps you’ll find something of value and helpful. 

On Spilling 

  1. Pour over the sink where spilling won’t be a problem.
  2. Pour where the light is better.
  3. Pour into something that has a color that contrasts with what you’re pouring.
  4. Don’t over fill items you’ll be carrying.
  5. When carrying liquid or loose items, place the item in or above a larger item to catch spills.

On Dropping Things

  1. Stand over a work surface so if the item drops it won’t fall all the way to the floor.
  2. Keep the item touching the work surface as you work with it.
  3. Manipulate the item,  as close to the work surface as you can, 
  4. take a moment and fully focus on what you’re doing.
  5. Take it slower, you’re more likely to drop things when you’re moving too fast.
  6. When carrying something, hook the item to you if there is a way to put it over your finger, hand or arm.
  7. When possible, use two hands when carrying something.
  8. Improve the two hand carry by pressing your elbows against your side. It also helps keep the item level.  Yes, you might look like you’re praying, but there are worse things to look like you’re doing.

Let me know about techniques that work for you and I’ll pass them on .

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