Did you know that spending time in green space outside can improve symptoms of ADHD?
Even if it’s only for a short time, getting out in green space can help with impulse control and concentration in both children and adults. Research has found that children with ADHD who regularly play in green settings have milder symptoms than children who play in non-green outdoor and indoor settings.
People often remark that they feel better after spending time outside. It appears that outdoor time benefits not just the body but also the brain. That gives us a really important reason to go outside. It’s well-known that exercise releases chemicals in the brain that help improve ADHD symptoms. It would seem that where we exercise also has a part to play. It may be more beneficial for people with ADHD to go for a walk in an open green park than to work out at home.
Interestingly, it has been found that spending time in open green spaces, such as fields and parks, is better than being in forests or built outdoor spaces such as playgrounds. Although outdoor time in a built-up area is still better than no outdoor time at all.