Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Benefits of Getting More Green

This may at first seem a bit off topic for a neurofeedback blog, but...

I've been writing elsewhere for awhile now on the benefits to mood from getting out into nature. It made my day to read this article about the physical as well as mental health benefits of getting out into nature. It's by Jane Brody, who writes a wonderful weekly column for the Tuesday Science Times section of the The New York Times.

The article particularly emphasizes the health risks to children of not getting outdoors - and the benefits of getting more time with green. It cites one study, for example, that shows improved cognitive functioning in children after moving to an area that is greener - not more affluent, just more green growing things.

Outdoor play is time not spent with electronics. I'm thinking about that for children - but not just for kids.  How many of us as adults are wedded to our computers and our smartphones?

The relationship to neurofeedback - whether for children or adults - is that anything that supports brain health - exercise, nutrition, sleep, social connection, meditation - will help your brain take maximum advantage of the neurofeedback training. So... go outdoors as much as you can!

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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