Studies discussed on Science Daily have revealed that there may be a connection between outdoor environments and the decrease in the behavioral symptoms of ADHD. The studies do provide factual information, but this isn't really all that new. It's been said for years that the symptoms of many behavioral disorders could benefit from natural living. However, one of the most interesting things is that kids with ADHD can actually benefit just by being around the color green. That might suggest a mental starvation for a lifestyle that includes a more natural environment, but for some that may not be an option.
Go to the park. If you live in an area that doesn't include a lot of vegetation, you might consider a simple walk in the park. Although children don't benefit as much from man-made surroundings as they do from actual vegetation, you can at least offer some exposure in the park.
Grow plants in the house. You can increase your child's exposure to natural elements by increasing the amount of natural elements present in your own home. Houseplants not only bring the natural colors and concepts of nature into your home, they also produce oxygen, making your home healthier for everyone in it.
Decorate common areas with green. Since it is unknown why the color green would be beneficial to someone with ADHD, but we know that natural surroundings are, it might be safe to assume that the color green can trick the mind into thinking that the body is in natural surroundings. You can decorate your home in green colors to increase the chances that your child will benefit from this phenomenon.
Plant a garden with your child. Plant a garden that has a variety of plant life in it. The variety will help to keep your child's mind occupied while the exposure to natural surroundings may have a calming effect. If you don't have room for a garden in your yard, consider making a roof garden or a window box, which has the added benefit of being seen from inside the home.
Invest in artificial plants. If you are worried about allergies or pets, you might consider artificial plants. They offer the natural look without the worry or the maintenance of live plants. If cost is a factor, consider purchasing your artificial plants from a resale shape, thrift store, or yard sale. If need be, you might even make a fun craft project by making artificial plants or ivy on your own.
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Source: Science Daily