Spend More Time Outdoors
Recent studies have shown that when children with ADHD spend more time in natural settings", their symptoms are less severe. I suspect that the same is true for adults, though it's unclear precisely why adults with ADD benefit from "green time.
For millennia, humans lived in close proximity to nature. Now we've largely shut out nature — spending our days in climate-controlled, synthetic environments. We're just beginning to understand that living this way may have a negative effect on how we feel and function.
I recommend at least 30 minutes a day of green time. That's easy to do on weekends. During the week, you might walk or bicycle to and from work. If that's impractical, pick a scenic route for your commute. Eat lunch in a park. After work, take a walk.
Getting more green time increases your exposure to sunlight — a terrific mood-booster. Yes, we all know that overexposure can cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Yet recent studies suggest that a certain amount of sunlight can help people feel happier and less anxious.
In recent years, there's been a lot of talk about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a form of depression associated with winter's shorter days. In reality, all of us experience some degree of seasonal blues. Our brains seem to be "programmed" by sunlight. It affects not only our moods, but also our patterns of sleep and wakefulness.
If you suspect that a lack of sunlight is affecting your mood, ask your doctor if you might benefit from using a high-intensity, full-spectrum light. Twenty minutes of exposure a day is usually enough. But don't confuse "light therapy" with sunbathing. The important thing is to expose your eyes to light.