Positive changes in lifestyle can make a big difference for children with ADHD. Ensuring that children have consistent sleep routines, regular exercise and a balanced diet will help provide the routine and structure that children with ADHD need to be successful throughout their day and have a sense of well-being.
Lifestyle and ADHD
When you join the Suzuki Superhero Challenge, you will receive a fun activity each week for four weeks that will help teach kids about environmental responsibility and connect them to the great outdoors. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors helps students do better in school by improving memory, problem-solving and creativity. Children who spend time in nature are also physically healthier and more likely to care for nature as adults. Good reasons to get outside!
In this Huffington Post article, Dr. Shimi Kang talks about the importance of play, particularly play outside. Research provides plenty of evidence that recess benefits children's cognitive, social-emotional, and gross-motor skills. Play helps to keep life balanced.
This article summarizes the findings from a research study done on mindfulness for adults with ADHD, by Dr. Lidia Zylowska. Her approach to mindfulness is specific to people with ADHD. Consider also checking out her book, The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD.
How did getting a good night’s sleep become so problematic for so many people? And even more important, what are the health consequences of not getting enough sleep? Some might blame it all on the invention of the light bulb as we no longer live life by natural day and night cycles. But are there other reasons?
GME has produced an infographic that provides a very visual resource on the dangers of not getting enough sleep and provides some advice on getting good sleep.
Note: This infographic includes American statistics.
Enjoy this guided mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat Zinn, a leading expert in the area of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
This video provides guided instruction for progressive muscle relaxation, an excellent way for children and adults to be more aware of their bodies and learn how to relax.
This brief article found in ADDitudemag.com, provides some practical tips for improving sleep for children with ADHD.
Many Children with ADHD have difficulty sleeping at night, whether or not they are on medication. This tip sheet from the Shared-Care website will some good suggestions on how you as a parent can help when your child is having trouble getting to sleep.