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Lockdown Lowdown Part 3: 8 apps to download this weekend

By Emily Craig, Account Manager

In the new order of things where we spend hours in isolation at home to help the fight against coronavirus, it’s probably no surprise that screen time has surged, and our mobile phones are glued to our hands more than ever before.

Many of us are constantly on the hunt for the next best thing and something to fill the time – one member of the No Brainer team actually revealed this week that their average screen time was now more than 8 hours a day!

It’s important to keep yourself, and your mind, busy during this time – and look for ways to make your time at home as productive and fun as possible. But remember – your mental health has to come first and you have to make time for that through whatever means works for you.

We’ve pulled together what we think are a mix of the ten best, and most useful, apps for you to download during lockdown!

Let us know what you think, and if you have any others to add that are helping you?

  1. Duolingo

Duolingo is a language app, covering everything from Spanish to Korean. One for those who want to be productive during quarantine – it teaches languages in a fun and interactive way.

As we see people flock to online learning during this time (check out the spike in online learning searches below!) this app is a great way to learn a new skill, catering for a range of abilities.

Perfecta! 

  1. The Buzzfeed app

While many of us flock to the Buzzfeed website, the app is actually a much more easy to navigate if you want to wade through the many quizzes to find out what type of cheese you are, or what Friends character you’d be most likely to date.

What better way to kill a few hours than diving into a rabbit hole of quizzes and videos – a perfect way to revise for your next Zoom quiz with your family!

  1. Headspace

Mental health needs to be nurtured during this strange time – and that is where Headspace comes in. Helping with stress, sleep and motivation – it even has a dedicated ‘focus at work’ section for when you’re feeling a little bit drained.

It is important to take time every day for yourself, and Headspace is perfect for that.

  1. Tasty

Spending more time in the kitchen than usual and whipping up tasty treats with all your extra time? We’re sure you’ve probably seen a few of their viral recipe videos on Facebook, but the Tasty app is full of delicious recipes for you to try out, whether you’re a Gnocchi novice or a pancetta pro.

Our favourites include; Cheese quesadillas, Chocolate fondue banana bread and a one-pot pad Thai!

  1. Tik Tok

*WARNING* – this app is highly addictive!

Tik Tok has exploded during isolation, providing hilarious viral content that you will have seen shared across every other social platform.

If you’re looking for relatable, witty videos that help make light of our current situation, this one is definitely for you.

  1. House Party

Despite some recent controversy around data protection (which turned out not to be true!) – House Party is a great app to keep in touch with your family and friends during this time. You can play games from the comfort of your own home – a brilliant way to make you feel less isolated.

… Just make sure you lock the room!

  1. Kindle

Burning through your bookshelf during isolation?

Grab the Kindle app and download some classics electronically! A great way to keep yourself occupied and keep your brain in shape. Takes up a lot less space in the house as well!

  1. Good News

As much as keeping up to date with current news is important, sometimes a little bit of positivity goes a long way. Good News is an app that streams only positive stories – shining a little light on some of the lovely things still happening around the world right now.

Their daily ‘quote of the day’ is also a great way to start your mornings!

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Be sure to let us know if you’ve downloaded any that have inspired you!

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