Ever since the government announced a nationwide lockdown owing to the coronavirus outbreak, we've been confined to the four walls of our home. And as grateful as we are to have the privilege to be safe and sheltered during these trying times, the social isolation tends to take a toll on our mental health.
Boredom, anxiety and loneliness--these are only a few of the myriad of emotions that we are going through on a daily basis while social distancing. Thankfully, technology has come to our rescue in terms of keeping us sane. For every emotion you're feeling, there's probably an app that can help you deal with that.
So whether it's group chats with friends or a few minutes of meditation--these apps will help you get through the lockdown.
This app has been launched by the Indian government to track all coronavirus infections in the country more actively and accurately. The app is available on the Play Store on Android and App Store on iOS with support for up to 11 Indian languages. Besides the main tracker feature, the app also lets you take a quick test to check if you have matching symptoms. It also gives alert notifications if you come, even unknowingly, in the vicinity of an infected person.
The US’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s app is extremely useful and one of the most reliable information tools at the moment regarding any updates on the novel coronavirus. This is basically the organisation’s website in an app form, and it will give you up-to-date notifications and advice on how to protect yourselves and treat symptoms.
We don't mean to toot our own horns, but POPxo's app will become your one-stop destination to connect with like-minded women, ask questions, read articles, learn new skills and watch entertaining videos. And while you're all stuck indoors, we're conducting daily live sessions with experts from various fields from mental health to fitness and fashion.
This is probably a no-brainer, but if you don't already have it, we'd recommend that you download skype immediately. During this period of social distancing, you'll need this app for those WFH office meetings as well as to catch-up with your loved ones, no matter their geographical location. My favourite feature is that Skype also lets you make audio calls to telephone numbers if and when required.
Daily meditation sessions were a regular part of my routine even before we were faced with a global health crisis. If you find yourself feeling too restless and anxious about the future, meditation will help you now more than ever. My favourite is this guided meditation app, which is perfect for beginners. The best part is that they have a session for every mood-‘SOS’ sessions for when you're feeling anxious, animations to teach your new skills, a move mode to encourage working out and a sleep feature for when you're finding it hard to fall asleep.
Can we talk about the hardest part about social distancing? It's not being able to hang out with our friends! Here's where Houseparty can help--it is basically a video social network where users can connect with friends through video chats. You'll get a notification when your friends are ‘in the house’, and you can start a conversation when you see them online. The best feature about this app is that it allows users to simultaneously chat with up to eight friends--and comes in handy when Whatsapp and facetime only have a four-person limit.
Since we're living in the time of a global pandemic, it has become doubly important to take care of your health right now. Exercising and eating healthy food daily will help keep your immunity levels up, and give you a better chance of surviving the virus lest you contact it. The curefit app gives you the option of following live workouts on cultfit--even if you aren't currently a member! And although we strongly recommending cooking your own food, the app's eatfit feature let's you order healthy meals should you need to.
While we're going through a period of uncertainty, these apps will help you stay sane. In the meantime, stay home and stay safe.