We must approach mental health with open arms and open minds

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Altmunster, Austria (Credit: Simon Burger, via Unsplash)

What do you think of when you hear the term “mental health”? Do you think of depression and anxiety? Of eating disorders, and psychological trauma? Of self-harm and suicide?

Or do you think about being well rested, being productive in your daily tasks and being able to manage the stresses and anxieties of your daily life?

There remains a challenge and a disconnect with the negative sentiment that can surround the phrase “mental health”, and as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, it seems an appropriate time to restate the need to approach mental health not just with open arms and open minds, but with excitement and enthusiasm. …

If you can’t actually go outside, technology can help

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Photo: James O’Neil/Getty Images

As concern grows over the mental health impact of Covid-19 around the world, there’s one universal, all-encompassing force that seems to get overlooked in its role as a solution: nature.

Nature is omnipresent. Or at least, it was. With over half the world in some sort of lockdown confinement, it’s maybe not quite as accessible as it once was.

There are ways around that.

It is possible for technology to increase our access to nature experience, but first, let’s understand why nature really is the beating heart of our mental health and well-being.

Nature plays a prominent role in cultivating a healthy state of mind

“Biophilia” describes the love we have for nature. It was a term first introduced by biologist and naturalist Edward Wilson in 1984. Wilson suggested that a strong emotional bond exists between human beings and other organisms, which leads us to seek connections with nature. …


Tim Daniels

Co-Founder of Portal.app — an iOS wellness app to help focus, sleep and relaxation. Writes about Mental Health, Nature, Productivity, Mindfulness & Technology

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