12 Apps to Help See You Through Social Distancing

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Whether you’re struggling to get those creative juices flowing, need a motivational kick to get out of bed, or simply want to disconnect, unwind, and de-stress – there’s an app for that. As millions of people around the world are shut off in isolation or are practicing social distancing, there’s no better time to look after your mind, body, and soul and to make the most out of your time at home. These 12 Goodness-approved apps will help see you through this difficult time and might even teach you a thing or two.

Todoist

Working from home might sound like a dream, but in reality, many of us are struggling to stay on top of things and organized. Indeed, staying focused is not easy when you can switch your tab to Netflix in a second or when the fridge keeps calling your name… So, if you’re in need of a helping hand to stop you from getting distracted by just about anything and to help you manage your tasks, download Todoist.

Essentially, it’s the ultimate to-do list app, reminding you to do everything from water your plants to meet work deadlines and pay your bills, and allowing you to share and delegate tasks with friends, family, and co-workers. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Download it here.

Stand Up!

As you probably guessed it, the goal of Stand Up! is to get you up on your feet and moving more, which can be harder than it sounds when you’ve gotten a little too used to working from your bed. This app allows you to set your working hours and goals, so the standing breaks work around you and your schedule, and it’s totally customizable and flexible. Simply set your chosen interval time and how long you want to stand up for (one minute, five minutes, or more) and get yourself up and moving more throughout the day.

Download it here.

Yummly

There’s no denying that meal planning can be hard right now, especially if you’re not so keen on leaving your house to go to the supermarket, but before you despair over what to do with that cauliflower and tub of soon-to-expire yogurt, get some inspiration from Yummly. Not only does it give you access to endless recipes and food-related articles, but it helps you plan your meals and find recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand. It even helps organize your grocery list, and it uses clever technology to learn what you like and dislike, tailoring the content to you and your culinary preferences. Like we said, clever.

Download it here.

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Moodrise

There’s no shortage of wellness apps out there, but if the usual meditation-focused ones don’t quite do it for you, try Moodrise. Delivering ‘digital nutrition’ through different forms of positive content, it focuses on six mood states (including happiness, confidence, and focus) and uses related neurotransmitters to help you reach them. Once you select which mood you wish to achieve, you’ll be served a series of curated images, videos, and audio to alter your brain chemistry.

Each piece of content has been specifically created to stimulate the desired chemical reaction in the brain, and it’s all backed up by scientific research. In a nutshell, it’s like taking a “digital pill” whenever you’re in need of a mood-boosting fix. We know what we’ll be swapping our Insta scroll for.

Download it here.

Musée du Louvre

Culture vultures, this one’s for you. If you’re longing to jet off and explore some of the best artworks and beautiful creations from all the greats, you can – and all without a plane ticket or passport in hand. The Musée du Louvre app provides access to hundreds of masterpieces, teaches you about their history, and even offers presentations on different artists and the museum’s history, straight to your smartphone. If there was ever a time to become an art buff, it’s now.

Download it here.

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Luminosity

It’s time to switch out your Candy Crush obsession or your Words With Friends addiction for an app that offers brain-training gaming. Enter: Luminosity. The ultimate way to keep your brain sharp during social distancing. Described as “scientific rigor made fun,” it offers everything you’d want from your favorite game app (escapism, fun, and gamification) but challenges the mind, sharpens your senses and skills, and keeps your brain active. There’s everything from memory and attention games to math solvers, word problems, and even games to challenge your mind’s flexibility.

Download it here.

FaceToned

Missing your regular facials and trips to the spa? Then become an expert at facial massages and at-home toning techniques with FaceToned. A workout for your face, it teaches you how to sculpt, tone, and work out those muscles to keep you looking fresh and tight. The Pilates-based exercises work on both the superficial muscles and deep into the core ones to boost collagen production and detoxification while creating natural definition, lift, and tone.

There are 15-minute tutorials, workouts ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, live webinars, and even access to recipes that help feed your face and nourish your skin. So, if you want to look and feel your best when you can face the world again, look no further.

Download it here.

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Calm

With all the uncertainty, doomsday news headlines, and anxiety that comes from not being able to see our loved ones, we could certainly all use a moment of calm right now. Literally. The Calm App is perfect for anyone struggling to banish negative thoughts, those who can’t sleep, or ones who generally just need a moment to themselves. Offering so much more than meditation, it also features themed music playlists, soothing sounds, guided breathing exercises, and even ‘Sleep Stories’ read by some familiar voices to help you relax into a deep sleep. Matthew McConaughey included. Need we say more?

Download it here.

Duolingo

If you’ve always dreamt of being able to speak fluent French or to watch a Japanese movie without the subtitles, then download Duolingo. Not only will it help you use your time in self-isolation to learn a new skill and language, but it allows you to connect with people all around the world – something we could all do with right now. With personalized learning, immediate grading, and a reward scheme to keep you motivated, 34 hours on Duolingo have been described as the equivalent of taking one semester of university language courses. So, although that trip to Spain might be on hold, you’ll be able to speak to the locals once you get there.

Download it here.

Wattpad

If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book or short story, then why not use your time at home to put pen to paper? Wattpad is an amazing story-telling platform where budding authors can share their works, you can discover millions of original stories to read at home, and you can join an active community of book lovers in discussions and writing contests. So, whether you want to get your work discovered, get some honest feedback and critique, or simply want to access a huge number of books for free, this is for you.

Download it here.

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Headspace

Practicing meditation and mindfulness is a great way to deal with stress and anxiety, so boost your self-care routine with Headspace – a.k.a. the meditation app. With over 60 million fans around the world, it’s perfect for total newbies or meditation aficionados. There are meditation guides and videos for pretty much everything life throws your way, from how to sleep better to mindful eating, and there are even techniques to help kids and little ones.

Headspace has also added a new ‘Weathering the Storm’ collection, which offers advice and techniques for alleviating anxiety and navigating change through these difficult times.

Download it here.

Deliciously Ella

Hands up if you’ve indulged in one too many banana breads in recent weeks. Yup, us too. If you still want to enjoy sweet treats and delicious wholesome food sans added sugar and processed ingredients, then you need to download the Deliciously Ella app, stat. Created by plant-based veteran Ella Woodward, it has everything you could possibly want for a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking hundreds of recipes ranging from snacks and smoothies to evening meals, light lunches, and hearty breakfasts, a wellness section full of yoga and meditation videos, meal-plan and shopping list features, and so much more. It’s worth it for the cacao mousse cake recipe alone.

Download it here.

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