Outdoor Antidote for ADHD – and Everything Else
Leafy greens on your plate are part of a healthy diet, but greens outside are even better. If psychologists are right, the benefits lie in leaves, not leafy greens, and can't be replicated in pill form.
According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spending time in natural settings like tree-lined parks and grassy backyards helps us in several ways. Not only are trees and grass linked to stronger neighborhood ties and reduced domestic violence, nature can diminish the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) in kids. While everyone benefited from getting outside and playing, the kids who played in natural settings (rather than on concrete) fared better - regardless of age, sex, demographic or severity of the condition.
In another study, conducted in a Chicago public housing development, green views improved scores on self-discipline tests. While boys seemed unaffected by the view, girls who lived in apartments with green, natural views scored better on the tests than those living in identical housing with non-green views.
Is there nothing nature can't improve?
If this inspires you to take the kids camping, help ensure there's a green site for others to enjoy by following these green camping and hiking tips.
Now shut down the computer and get outside.
Outdoor Adventure Expert