lockdown

Technology is one of your greatest assets while in lockdown as it can open you to a whole new world of things to do, learn and be entertained by. Harness its powers and possibilities with the heaps of apps that are ready to keep you busy, active and inquisitive during these long days and nights in isolation.

Learning

If you’re finding yourself spending too much time with your Sims at the moment, you may want to keep your brain active by learning a new skill. New Skillshare members can get their first two months of premium free and access creative classes in animation, illustration, poster design, creative writing and more, all lead by leaders in their respective fields. There are also a range of free-tier classes to try.

 

Alternatively, Brit + Co is a lifestyle website that largely focuses on DIY crafts for women. Their blog posts cover a range of topics from building a comfy work from home space to cocktail-making and they have a range of both free and paid-for classes, including investing, photography and calligraphy.

Social

The latest social networking craze to take flight is Houseparty – a video chatting app where groups of up to eight can get together in a world where they otherwise can’t. As well as conference call, users can also play the apps in-chat games like Heads Up, Trivia and Pictionary.

 

If you want to level up your video chat game, Zoom – which has predominately been used for remote business conferencing – has also been adopted by many during quarantine. Up to 100 participants can join your meeting and it’s proven an effective tool for virtual quiz nights. Teachers like @kimboooth are also using the app to lead sessions in yoga and meditation for those who wish to participate in a live class (by donation only).

Hobbies

As spring emerges, many of us are inspired to step outside into the garden. Apps like Blossom can help you identify what plants, flowers, succulents and trees are already growing there and give you tips and reminders about how to care for them. Otherwise, order some seeds online and get your green fingers ready.

 

Iconic guitar manufacturers Fender have been using Fender Play to teach the masses to play the instrument for a while now, but they’re offering the next 100,000 people to sign up to three months of free lessons that usually total £9.99 a month or £89.99 a year. If electronic music is more your thing, Moog and Korg have released free app versions of their synthesisers.

Entertainment

Streaming platforms are set to win big this quarantine period as the nation stays home, so it’s been no better time for Disney+ to arrive in the UK. The new, family-orientated service offers an unprecedented number of classic Disney TV shows and films – from Pixar to National Geographic – as well as The Simpsons, Star Wars and a steady amount of original programmes.

 

Big Hollywood conglomerates aren’t your thing? Look to Mubi where you’ll find arthouse films as well as movies not in the English language. A new, hand-picked piece of gorgeous cinema is added daily and your first three months of subscription costs just £1. It’s time to get cultural.

Fitness

Staying active is a really important way to look after your mental health during the pandemic and there are a number of ways to keep fit at home. Nike Training Club is an app with buit-in workouts, fitness plans and nutrition advice to keep you sweating in the comfort of your four walls and you can tailor training to a fitness level that suits you.

If your one outing of daily exercise has inspired you to pick up a new running habit, Strava is the app for you. It’s a social fitness network where you can track your running or cycling routes, the distance travelled and your speed and share it with your friends, adding images of the beautiful scenery you pass and giving each other kudos on the way. Another fantastic way to stay connected.