I haven’t posted much over the past week because, truthfully, I am struggling a little to know what to post now that the world has kind of turned upside down…. I have also been busy trying to get used to my new way of life, working from home and teaching the children since the schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic we find ourselves in the midst of.
I must admit, I am coping a lot better than I thought I would with the lockdown that was announced recently by the British government. I suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia, so I did think I would struggle more being told to stay at home and only go out once a day for exercise. Fortunately I am doing ok at the moment and my main issue is keeping myself occupied and stopping myself from scrolling social media constantly once the kids have gone to bed (social media for me at the moment is just a little too negative, as justified as people’s posts are). I have downloaded some apps on my phone to keep me away from refreshing Twitter yet again, and I wanted to share these with you in case anybody else is in need of some escapism.
Words with Friends
I used to play Words with Friends but fell out of love with it. This was the first app I re-downloaded once this whole crazy situation started to pan out as it is so good to click on to and get away from it all for a bit, plus it means I can play games with my nan who has been self-isolating for weeks now due to her age and previous health conditions which make her vulnerable. I am improving a little now, but I have yet to win a game!
This is another fun game I click in and out of whenever I need a a bit of an escape from the world. It has quite regular ads, but these aren’t too annoying. You can also watch more ad videos if you want to get some bonus points, get a clue to a level or skip to the next level if you really can’t solve something. I love it and have quickly become obsessed with trying to outsmart the app.
We decided last minute to get Disney+ as Ed really wanted to watch some of the Star Wars shows. I’m pretty happy as, not only does it keep the kids occupied when they aren’t doing school work, but I am also a Disney fan myself and have been working my way through the films as a way to relax in the evening.
This is something I was recommended to download and if I am being completely honest, I have yet to actually use it. I imagine it is similar to using Facebook Messenger of FaceTime, which I have done to play a quiz night with family. It’s free to download and you can play interactive games with your contacts as well as chatting via video, which is great.
This game is so easy to play and you don’t have to be a great artist to take part! Simply draw one of the two options on the screen as quickly as possible for your opponent to guess correctly what it is meant to be. Hugely addictive and another nice little app to dip in and out of.
I have never really been somebody who enjoys doing those games where you need to follow instructions and gain ‘money’ to get through the levels. However, I have never been quarantined in my own house before so I figured I would give this app a go. It is quite fun, easy to follow and you don’t have to spend money unless you are really impatient. There are other similar games to this if you want to have more than one on the go to help when you are waiting for time to pass.
Ok, so I do have a soft spot for The Sims. I bought the Xbox game for Cameron recently and think I may end up going on that during my time at home, but for now I have re-downloaded the app to keep me occupied.
This has mainly been downloaded to take part in a twice weekly work meeting, but it is also great for speaking to multiple people at a time for a voice-call with family or friends.
Do you have any other recommendations for apps to keep me busy and distracted during this pandemic?