AD/HD? Work it out!

Just look at those synapses firing!

Just look at those synapses firing!

All my clocks are wrong. I have a sinus infection. I have no idea what time it is. I’m sleepy. I’m grumpy. I want to swallow the simplest of carbs whole.
If that doesn’t speak to what time of year it is, then the aggravated and aggressive sound of neighbors scraping ice off their wind shields yesterday morning was screaming it. To be honest, there wasn’t much, if any frost on my wind shield by the time I got out there (after hitting the snooze button 14 times), but part of me wished there would be so I could take my bitterness and anger out on something deserving.
Cold weather is settling in. Arghhhhhh. It’s this time of year that’s the hardest for me. The transition from blissful summer/fall weather to the haunting return of the ominous and unforgiving brutality that Chicago is about to suffer.
I am unprepared. My brain chemistry, like many other Chicagoans’, is heading into winter mode but not without throwing a few small temper tantrums first.
The lack of vitamin D is not a friend to my ADD. Truly, I feel the cold weather affects my activity level and that, in turn, is what affects my brain the most.
Many AD/HD people I’ve talked to have expressed the positive impact exercising has had on their lives. This makes sense since exercise increases the efficiency and production of concentration-related neurotransmitters in the brain.
So, despite myself, I’ve made a pact to stick to one thing this winter, if only one. Regular exercise. GROSS, I know. But it turns out that stimulants prescribed for AD/HD work in the same way that exercise does, increasing the neurotransmitter, dopamine. So, to all my AD/HD friends that are feeling the chill of winter creeping up --- let’s go get doped up together! I’ll be at the Lincoln Square Athletic Club. (Hopefully not just hanging out in the steam room).

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