5 apps helping me stay sane during lockdown

No, no – I’m not including Deliveroo or UberEats here, but I do appreciate their timeliness.

Supercook: This is a brilliant app. I’m actually jealous of whoever came up with this idea because it’s pure genius. This free app allows you to input all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry and out comes all the possible recipes you can make. Just the other day, I was about to declare yet another trip to the grocery store when I decided to check my app: no, actually, I can make about 800 recipes. And then off I went to make a one pot basil and garlic pasta using up what I already have. It’s very innovative and can expand your cooking repertoire. Another feature I love is that you can choose one ingredient to focus on as well!

Headspace: If you haven’t heard of Headspace, it is a great app for anxiety. The free version of the app focuses on mindfulness and meditation for beginners. The key word is beginner for me. I always use to sit and listen to a short YouTube meditation for all of three minutes before giving up. However, their guided meditations are extremely helpful and can help you dip your toes in. They also break down meditations based on your mood – whether it’s for relieving stress, while you’re panicking, walking home or just something to do before bed. I’ve gone from 5 minute meditations to 10 to 15 and onwards.

Otter: Depending on what job you have, I’m always in Zoom meetings, interviews, and staff briefs throughout the day. Otter is a well-known app among journalists because it records AND transcribes at the same time, which is a godsend for journalists who rather not transcribe an hour long recording. However, for me, it’s also useful for any Zoom meetings where you might need to take notes or write up meeting minutes. It makes working from home that much easier.

Mend: Mend is primarily used for breakups or burnout, but its free version allows you to journal and unlock videos to help you through a rough time. For me, it was a double whammy for both getting over someone and dealing with burnout simultaneously, so I took some time to start journaling about my feelings, and it was very therapeutic. If you’ve never journaled and save your deepest thoughts on your notes app, then give this app a try because you get to both document your feelings in a healthy space, but also get useful advice along the way.

Pinterest: Classic, right? For me, social media can be so toxic sometimes. During the pandemic, there’s been times when I’ve needed to be away from the news and in need of a mental break. Pinterest, however, is the perfectly curated inspiration I could never get sick of. You know how people encourage others to make a mood board to create the life you want to live – it’s a lot easier to manage through Pinterest. From its outfit ideas, mental health advice, affirmations, quotes, recipes and exercises, you can get the same content you get from Instagram and TikTok without the toxicity we’ve all experienced: comparing our blooper reels to everyone else’s highlights.

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