I never understood why Professionals (Doctors and Teachers) are so quick to diagnose children with attention disorders the second they “act out” or decide not to pay attention for a split second. I can’t believe I am about to say this…. but, “when people my age were younger” and acted out, all we needed to do was be engaged in an activity.
We didn’t have time to be bored or restless. I remember riding bikes with Dorit, Val, and Co. after school till it got dark out and if I wasn’t riding bikes or running around, I was in karate lessons, dance lessons, acting classes. I didn’t get my first cell phone till the age of 17 when I started driving and now you see children who aren’t even able to walk yet playing with an iPad!
Nature is the best medicine.
I find myself getting so restless, some days more than others. It’s been raining since Sunday and will continue raining through tomorrow… these rainy days are bad but what gets me more is when the sun is shining and I am suffocating inside.
While looking up the forecast for this weekend, I came across this article titled, “Are You Nature-Deprived?” It begins by telling a story about a family bringing their child to the Doctor to discuss her temper tantrums. Dr.Zarr learned that the majority of their weekends were spent inside. Instead of diagnosing her with behavioral issues, he advised the family to spend time outdoors. At the follow-up visit, the family noted the tantrums had stopped.
Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind.
The same goes for adults… People spend so much time behind a computer and phone that they forget how to socialize. We make plans via texting rather than calling, we tell stories via email or texting rather than face-to-face. It seems to be a burden to be around people.
Instead of trying to make connections with people online, why don’t you join a club or group activity? Come on my flower children, go outside, enjoy the world around you.
Positive effects of spending time outdoors:
Boosts mental health
Boosts your immune system
Helps with focus and creativity
Burn calories (walk, run, play!)
So, my question to you is, when was the last time you were outside? Did you feel better? Parents- do you find that time spent outdoors with your children result in better behavior?
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There are so many things we can all debate about, but I think there are a few things we can all agree upon:
Waking up and the first thought being, “Why?”
Commuting to work and asking, “Why?”
That urge… that deep deep desire to turn your car in the other direction and drive far away and then asking yourself, “Why not?”
This was one of those weeks for me. I had this urge to just throw a dart at a map and let this dart decide my fate. I am not sure if this is a bad or good thing but my friends, family, and husband are all encouraging me to just do what I want. It’s good because I have their support, it’s bad because they are encouraging this impulsive behavior.
I can’t just go. I have a few concerns like finance and the fear of not being able to provide for my animals (we have three and they are our babies). I need a plan first. I need a plan to justify this change in life.
But for now, I will run on the treadmill or ride that stationary bike off into nowhere… sigh…
This post was somewhat of a rant, a way to unscramble my mind and to also share my current music play list. This makes my cardio work outs a bit more bearable. I am more of a “let’s move” kinda girl. I am obsessed with strength training thanks to my awesome Trainer and I love being outdoors. Running on the treadmill makes the urge to just go so much worse. Is this how vampires feel when they feel the thirst for blood?
Coleman Hell- 2 Heads
Arctic Monkeys- Do I Wanna Know?
Soul Asylum-Runaway Train
Major Lazer- Lean on
Icona Pop- Love it
Charli XCX- Boom Clap
Calvin Harris- Sweet Nothing
Benny Benassi- Satisfaction
Marvin Gate- Sexual Healing
The Clash- Rock the Casbah
Falco-Rock Me Amadeus
Third Eye Blind- Semi Charmed Life
The Smashing Pumpkins- 1979
Natalie Imbruglia- Torn
Spin Doctors- Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
The Weeknd- Earned It
Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness
Ariana Grande- Love Me Harder
Blue Swede- Hooked on a Feeling
Lady Gaga- Do What You Want
Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
No Doubt- Just a Girl
Taylor Swift- Out of the Woods
Do you guys ever feel this way? What’s on your playlist?