If you’re currently staying in the house because of coronavirus then we get how frustrating this can be! Social butterflies might be taking a bit of time to adjust to the change in routine and we understand how you feel.
Already painted your nails three times, reorganised your shoe cupboard, and blitzed through far too many episodes on Netflix? - we hear ya! However, we think it’s the perfect time to try something new, find a new hobby, or find a new app to get obsessed with! Check out these 5 apps to help you stay busy and stop you from climbing the walls (unless that's how you're keeping fit these days!).
How To Keep Boredom At Bay
1. Not Much Of A Reader? Listen Instead!
Even if you don’t usually enjoy reading, it’s definitely worth giving audiobooks a go. Audible gives you access to hundreds of fab titles from dramas to thrillers, and autobiographies - the free 30 day trial entitles you to a free audiobook so you can test it out to see if it’s a bit of you. If you’re isolating alone then an audiobook can also help combat feelings of loneliness. You can play it while you clean the house, fold the laundry or just want to chill on the sofa with a cuppa. Sometimes a little bit of escapism is just the ticket!
2. Learn To Speak The Lingo
Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Having more time at home means that you’ve got the chance to achieve the goals on your personal wishlist! Duolingo is a hugely popular free app with fun bite-sized lessons and cute animations; it can start to get addictive in a good way! This smooth app makes learning into a game and gives you rewards for meeting your goals or unlocking new achievements. It’s suitable for complete beginners and you can also take a placement test to jump ahead!
3. Cook Up A Tasty Storm!
It can be tempting to raid the snack draw frequently rather than cooking proper meals when we’re isolating. However, the Tasty app is nothing short of a recipe for home-cooked success! Login to this app to save your fave recipes and find them easily any time or search for a particular food type using the search bar. We think it’s super fun watching a video rather than just reading a recipe - and we love those cheesy, gooey moments! You’ll be able to find indulgent dishes as well as healthy, veggie-filled options - whatever floats your boat!
4. TikTok, It’s Time To Get Creative!
Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than a cheeky scroll - and TikTok is the new Insta! If you’re isolating with someone else then there’s nothing to stop you from turning them into your camera-man or woman! Whether you fancy exercising your own creativity and making a quirky video or you just want to spend half an hour watching amazing dance moves, weird experiments and talking dogs, the app has something for everyone. Plus, we all need a proper belly laugh at times like these! There’s nothing like a hilarious meme to lighten the mood.
5. Stock Up On Your Superdrug Essentials, Ready for FaceTime!
Even though many of us are now working from home and observing social distancing, we’ll still be keeping up with our beauty regimes! Why not check out the Superdrug app where you can treat yourself to all of your favourite products to keep you feeling and looking your best! Whether you’ve got work calls or are FaceTiming your family, it’s always good to make an effort. You could also try a virtual girls night in and relax in your dressing gown with a glass of wine, a facemask and some snacks!
Stay Connected, Positive, and Use Your Mobile!
Are you already a big fan of your mobile? Frankly, we’d forgo the chocolate if forced to choose between the two! Not only can our mobiles help keep us entertained while we’re social distancing - it’s also the best way to stay connected to our friends and family. There are loads of messaging and video calling apps out there so you can stay connected at all times! Remember to share pics of your WFH set-up, a new make-up look you’re trying, or your chill-zone - and keep everyone posted on your new app finds!
*In this unprecedented time, we want to support Superdrug Mobile customers and as a mobile network who predominantly operate online, we are perfectly placed to do so. Here’s what we’re doing to help:
- Customers will be able to visit the NHS website for free to access the latest health information
- Calling 111 will be free for all customers
- Customer service agents will remain available for anyone who needs support with their mobile, simply fire up webchat and we’ll be happy to help.
- We’ll be offering tips on our social media channels to help keep boredom at bay whilst isolating. Positivity is key! *