During lockdown you may have so much spare time that you don’t quite know what to do with it, or you might be so busy working from home that you forget to take a break. You may also find yourself glued to your phone, scrolling endlessly through social media. Why not switch this up and make the most of lockdown? Try some of these apps to keep your mind busy and balance your mental health...
This was selected by Apple as App of the Year! Elevate is designed to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, maths skills and even more! Each user is provided with a personalised brain training program which adjusts over time to give the best result for you. Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence. Find out more about Elevate brain training here.
This App is used by over 100 million people worldwide! Lumosity is another cognitive training program aimed at training your brain and learning how your mind works in a fun and interactive way. This program consists of science-based games which are designed to exercise memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem-solving. It also includes a free 10-minute Fit Test to see how you compare to others in your age group. Find out more about Luminosity Brain Training here.
This was chosen as best App of 2014 in over 24 countries. This brain training program includes 40 unique games developed by neuroscientists and game experts to challenge your skills and learn which categories you excel in. You can compete with friends by comparing your brain map and game performance. Peak is free but you can upgrade to Peak Pro within the App, see more here.
Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, this App makes yoga easier! It gives you access to a trio of brilliant teachers ready to help you get stronger and more flexible, and with thanks to a series of HD-video classes, you can take part in lessons from your living room which is ideal right now. You can pick from a number of courses including Core Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Relief, Back Pain, and Better Posture. What better way to fill in some of that spare time and relax? Find out more here.
Now is the perfect time to start learning a new language! Duolingo makes it fun, entertaining and efficient, and all from your phone! It makes learning a language feel like a game and makes sure you stay motivated; you will be surprised what 10 minutes a day can do. You’re able to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening and even conversational skills, and you can choose from over 30 languages! Learn languages for free. Take a look here.
If you become tired of looking at any kind of screen, you can always go back to basics with some family favourite board games such as Scrabble, Articulate and chess.