“Green Time” may help reduce ADHD symptoms

by on November 15th, 2011 at 7:00 am

A new link has been discovered between ADHD and time spent outdoors or “Green Time”. The report recently appeared in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

According to the study children who spent time outdoors in green environment experienced milder ADHD symptoms, the setting must be green not just outdoors. The more green and natural, the better the results. For example, a child playing on a suburban basketball court would experience fewer benefits than a child playing in the woods. The study consisted of 322 ADHD boys and 84 ADHD girls. Their parents kept daily journals of the activity, most reported improved concentration and easier completion of tasks, some even reported their children getting a better night’s sleep.

When someone works on physical muscle they get tired and need a break, the same applies for mental workouts. We need mental breaks every so often; there is only so much the human mind can take before it needs to recharge. An outdoor environment has been shown to be most effective in recharging the brain. Even if your child is already medicated, the benefits of outdoor time would be helpful. So, get your child out of the house more often, even if they don’t have ADHD everyone can benefit from a little time spent outdoors.

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