As we continue to practice social distancing during these strange times, it can be difficult to find joy as feelings of isolation, loneliness or boredom creep in. While staying connected may be easier said than done, there's never been a better time to cut yourself a break and just chill out with no expectations. With a focus on mindfulness and mental health, we've rounded up some immersive free apps to keep busy at home alone (or online with others).
Health & Fitness — Free
Headspace is a free mediation and sleep app that encourages you to learn the life-changing skills of relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness. Focusing on guided meditations with how-to animations, articles and videos, this app is full of handy tips to help you focus, breathe, stay calm, and feel good.
Entertainment/Social Media — Free
With its' popularity soaring in 2019, Tik Tok is the free social media app that spotlights short-form video content from users all over the world. While the content can vary greatly, TikTok videos can be funny, sweet, silly or totally wholesome—depending what videos or creators you engage with—and are a great way to pass the time.
Entertainment — Free
Pigment is the ultimate adult colouring book app, designed to relax you when taking a break. Free to download, you can explore a digital studio stocked with brushes, pencils, markers and special effects that are super easy to use. With a wide selection of colouring options and ability to import your own images, it's a great way to get creative in your downtime.
Educational — Free
As social distancing becomes the norm, you may find yourself seeking out greenery as you walk around your neighbourhood or decorate your home. With Picture This, identifying plants has never been easier—all you have to do is take a photo, upload, and wait for its accurate plant ID results. With plant care tips, watering reminders, and catalogs to explore, it's perfect for any wannabe green thumb.
Educational/Entertainment — Free
If you're out of ideas on how to make those Zoom calls with friends and family fun, Kahoot! is a fantastic app that allows you to design custom quizzes on whatever subject matter you like. From multiple choice to true or false answers, you can invite up to 10 players per game with the free version of the app.
Educational — Free
If staying busy and keeping your mind active is at the top of your priority list, it could be time to download Duolingo. A great first stepping stone into learning a new language, Duolingo is a fun way to expand your skills as it rewards you for hitting milestones, tracks your progression, and allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment.
SKY: CHILDREN OF LIGHT
Family/Games — Free
If you're looking for a free video game experience, Sky: Children of Light is a stunning social adventure with the option for multiplayer. Named Apple's iPhone Game of the Year in 2019,and now available on Switch as well, this game is gorgeously animated and immersive—the objective to fly across sweeping landscapes to help celestial beings find their way back to the heavens.
ENDEL: FOCUS, SLEEP, RELAX
Heath & Fitness — Free
Endel creates personalised soundscapes to give your mind and body what it needs to achieve total immersion in any task. Calming your mind to create feelings of comfort and safety, this app is perfect for those need to chill out while social distancing or between moments of work, study, and action, encouraging better sleep hygiene through soft, gentle sounds.
Honourable mentions for apps to check out: Draw Something, Parking Jam 3D, YouTube, Smiling Mind, Pocket Yoga, Paper, Sofa, Oak and White Noise+.
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