World Earth Day shouldn’t be about trite environmental sentiments, but a true call to awaken our lost connection with nature

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Are you ready for World Earth Day on April 22? A popularised event where brands jostle for position to feed us their latest eco credentials and showcase how they are best aligned to World Earth Day’s mission of positive action for our planet.

We’ll hear of upgraded eco-friendly supply chains, of new biodegradable packaging, of products made from entirely recycled materials. We’ll hear of mandatory tree planting, of planetary donations and carbon offsets. …


We must approach mental health with open arms and open minds

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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…


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

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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…

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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