Earlier in 2018, the journal of Ecopsychology furthered the idea of a mind-body connection when it published research linking feeling good, energy, and attention to walking outside. In “Walking and Being Outdoors In Nature Increase Positive Affect and Energy,” researchers again affirmed that outdoor walking with exposure to “actual nature” improved “mood, energy, tiredness, and attention” the more than did sitting inside, exercising inside, or sitting outside — even when all of these involved actual or simulated exposure to nature.
Simply put, simply sitting outside improves attention and focus more than sitting inside, even if you’re staring at picture of waterfalls while you do it. Being outside also improves mood — a critical insight given that PSYCOM estimates that 70% of adults with ADHD will seek treatment for depression at least once. This nature stuff is something we might want to keep in our back pockets as a helpful addition to more mainstream therapies.