Coach Carlene

You’re thinking, OMG I need an entire team? Yes! You probably already have lots of peeps on your team already and don’t even know it.

When I work with parents of younger kids we talk about the team. We name the team after the child like, “Team Joshua”. Kids relate to the team idea early on and are not intimidated by it. The team consists of different practitioners, teachers, counselors, parents, family and friends.

We get older and some of these team mates change or go away. But what about the people we need when we reach young adulthood and beyond?

Here are some team players who will support you in the most important ways. Who do you have in your life to fill these spots on your team?  Usually, these peeps are right in front of you but you’ve never noticed.

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There are options beyond medication for a lot of things. This is true for ADHD too. I recommend essential oils to friends, family and clients all the time. But then, I leave you hanging with no place to get them. It’s time I do something about that. I’m offering a way for you to get the oils you need, knowing they are the best quality out there and for a great price.

My family loves essential oils from Young Living.

We rarely visit a doctor anymore. We don’t miss as many days of work and school as we had been. I believe using these oils when the first symptoms appear from the common cold, flu, strep throat, ear infections, etc. has made all the difference.

Oils can be used with a diffuser or added to bath water and can also be applied directly to the body by rubbing them on the soles of feet, the back of the neck, the shoulders, or the forehead.

Here’s my family’s go-to oils: (You’ll notice several of them help to alleviate symptoms of ADHD).  Read More

When I was a kid, my parents were always telling us to go outside and play. I thought we were driving them a little crazy and they were trying to find some peace in their day. That very well may be the case. But they were on to something. Fresh air and green time are good for our brains.

How much green time do your kids get? Green time, or the time spent playing outdoors that are more natural like, the backyard, a park, or soccer field – any area that has trees or an expansive lawn is considered greener.
Studies have shown green time is good for us, especially those with ADHD.

Here are some interesting findings:

  • Those who play regularly in the same green outdoor settings do have milder ADHD symptoms than those who play indoors or in playgrounds.
  • Children who were hyperactive had less severe symptoms playing in an open environment, such as a soccer field, rather than in a green space with lots of trees.
  • Children generally concentrated better after a walk in the park than they did after two other kinds of walks — in a “green” downtown area and in a residential neighborhood.
  • The greenest space was best at improving attention. Not sure what it is about the park — the greenness or the lack of buildings — that seems to do the trick, but a dose of nature may be as helpful, at least for a while, as a dose of stimulant medication, in increasing attention.
  • Green time won’t eliminate ADHD symptoms but may temporarily ease them. The cause-and-effect relationship between exposure to nature and improved concentration and impulse control is a low-cost, side-effect free way to help manage ADHD symptoms.

Try out some green time for yourself. When you’re noticing ADHD symptoms peaking throughout the day do as our parents did and send the kids outside!

  • Go to the park.
  • Play catch with the dog in the back yard.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Play Frisbee, soccer – anything your kid is interested in.
  • Have a picnic in the park or backyard.
  • Plant a garden and nurture it all summer long.
  • Climb a tree.

Let your kids feel the grass between their toes, you’ll be glad you did.

Some of our kids aren’t into exercising if they aren’t the “athletic type”. Don’t fret. There are things you can do to get them moving and keep their brains sharp!

Just 1 Mile Keeps Your Brain from Shrinking
Our brains tend to shrink as we age, just like a piece of fruit on the counter. But you could help keep your brain plump and young just by walking about a mile a day.

What’s so great about a big brain?
Studies show that aerobic exercise actually increases the size of our brain, which improves our mental capacity. It likely means more mental power. When it comes to brains, bigger really is better.

Have you and your kids built exercise into your summer structure? Not convinced exercise can make a difference? Did you know…

  • It turns out exercise is just as good for our brains as it is for our bodies.
  • It can help fend off some of those pesky ADHD stressors too.
  • Exercise is the most natural way to improve your mood and self-confidence after months of hibernating from the cold.
  • Regular exercise is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, which all too commonly shows up for those with ADHD.
  • The kind of activity you choose doesn’t have to be rigorous, but the more your heart pumps, the better it is for your brain.

10 Tips for Body Brain Boosting Exercises

  1. Let each person in the family have a day to pick the exercise activity.
  2. Be open to trying new things.
  3. Be supportive of each other. Hey, it’s not about being an athlete.
  4. Set a goal. Use a pedometer so your kid can see how many steps they take each day.
  5. Have back-up ideas for rainy days, like the Wii-Fit or X-Box
  6. Have a dance party!
  7. Build in some one-on-one time with each kid for a daily walk in the morning or after dinner.
  8. Get a dog and walk that dog! Dog lovers have lower stress levels and are more physically and mentally fit when taking their best friend on walks!
  9. Try doing something that includes another person so that you get that added brain boost that comes from socializing while you exercise. Try walking, blading, cycling or throwing a Frisbee with some friends.
  10. Beat the boredom! Change it up from time to time. You don’t have to do the same thing every day, year after year. The first muscle to get bored is your brain. When muscles get bored, they stop working. Stop getting stronger. Don’t let them know what’s coming. Use both sides of your body. Alternate different activities on different days to keep boredom that plaques ADHDers at bay. If you’re a walker or runner, vary your route. Learn new street signs. See new sights. Meet new people.

Why are you still sitting here? Get moving now!