Millions of people have recently taken to self-quarantine and social distancing around the globe, due to the COVID-19 crisis. While many things remain uncertain, the question still remains: What can people do at home, when their daily routines and social interactions are disrupted until further notice (regardless of how long that will be)?
Fortunately, there are other ways to nourish your mind, body, and soul, as you stay at home. Consider these ten apps (at least try one of these) to keep you healthy, focused, and uplifted:
“Yummly is essential for foodies in self-isolation,” says Marcus Roth, a lifestyle blogger at Boomessays and Australianhelp. “Whether you’re trying to go as long as possible between trips to the grocery store, or you have a well-stocked pantry, this app will give you inspiration on what to have for your next meal, with its built-in planning feature for both meal time and grocery shopping. Yummly lets you search for recipes based on the ingredients and food that you already have at home; or, you can sort through recipes by dietary restrictions, prep and/or cooking time, etc.”
This app is pretty self-explanatory. It’ll remind you to stand up every once in a while. This is especially essential for people who work from home, as the app gives you a friendly reminder to stand up and move around a bit. So, feel free to take the time to stand and stretch every so often to stay active.
Luminosity is notorious for fueling excitement to players that are into gaming escapism. Packed with exciting games to train your mind, this app is sure to help with focus, cognition, etc. See if you can keep your brain sharp by giving Luminosity a try!
Local libraries may be closed, but don’t let that stop you from reading! Partnering with libraries across the country, Overdrive gives you access to electronic versions of books to check out, including public domain books like Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes. Not only can you read these books on a Kindle, but you can also read from a tablet, a smartphone, and on your computer.
Are you a yoga fan? Are you good at pilates? Then Glo-Yoga is for you!
This app is ideal for any skillset, any time duration, etc. And, it provides active classes to get you pumping, as well as restorative classes before you go to bed.
Although Peloton is mostly known for their exercise bikes, don’t let this app fool you. If you don’t have an exercise bike, don’t worry! The app offers a library of classes, including running, yoga, and even boot camps.
This app lets you manage your daily habits, whether it’s calling a friend, or going for a run, etc. Sessions helps you journal what you’re doing, and how long you’ve been doing it, whether it’s daily, weekly, or on certain days of the week. And, it comes with a timer, so that you can do something for a limited time.
Grokker is a great app that offers classes on yoga, fitness, and meditation. And guess what? In response to the COVID-19 crisis, this app is currently offering free memberships to people who join.
“This app is popular for its unique library of guided meditations,” says Lara Davidson, a health writer at Paperfellows and Stateofwriting. “Headspace not only keeps track of how many days you use the app, but it’ll also keep track of how many minutes you’ve spent meditating. Along with mindfulness exercises, the app even has a sleep section, where you can participate in sleep meditations to help you fall asleep.”
Very similar to Headspace, Calm also has guided mindfulness courses. Offering the “breath bubble” feature that tells you to take calm, soothing breaths whenever you need them, Calm lets you try out the app, especially in free-trial mode. The app even lets you listen to sleep stories, or “sleepcasts,” with celebrity narrators, such as Matthew McConaughey and Stephen Fry.
As you stay home and stay safe, see if these apps will be positive and uplifting alternatives to exercise, eating, etc. Want to give your life structure? Just download a few of these apps, and find peace of mind during this time of self-quarantine.
Molly Crockett is a writer for Academized and Ukwritings, and also a writing teacher for Essayroo. She is mostly known for unique lifestyle tips, and she offers personal development advice to her audience.