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Life in Lockdown Entertainment: My top 10 apps of the month

  1. Stardew Valley – A never ending immersive farmer game with nice a plot and good characters. In my opinion, it’s better than Farmville and reminicent of Harvest Moon.
  2. Duolingo – Learn a language in bite-size lessons with visuals, audio and feedback. It also covers a wide range of scenarios/topics that reflect real life conversation.
  3. Funimate – A supreme video editing app that knocks video star out of the park. As well as having templates you can also make your custom edits using the library of other users backgrounds/stickers/animations/transitions/text. It’s like if picsart and splice had a baby, much better than Vivacut which lets users takes credit of others animations to pass of as their own. Did I mention it’s cheaper too? At £2.50 a week. That’s half the price of a tesco meal deal!
  4. Procreate – A fan program for beginner artists and at £9.99 you get a wide range of brush textures. It’s also very easy to use and you can get additional brushes or pallets from the folio page for free or alternatively, search etsy. I love that with the new update that you have the option when creating a new palette to use a photo and have it extract all the colours for you ready to go ready to go
  5. Tiktok – While away the hours down the tiktok wormhole; learn a new dance, post a digital drawing tutorial, perform a skit, sing, learn sign language, learn about disabilities, feminism and LGBTQ+ issues.
  6. Disney + – Be a kid for a few hours. Peter Pan was right; growing up is a waste of time
  7. Dear Reader – To all my writer friends, this fun game could improve your editing process and if you’re like me, help with any tricky grammar issues you usually face. It’s ideal for improving your literacy skills too, especially if your kids find reading and writing boring.
  8. Kindle app – Curl up with cuppa and a book for a bit. Even if we cannot escape our full walls at the moment we can still go to a magical school in the highlands, solve the crime, fall in love and travel to the far-flung corners of the earth. All in our loungewear too.
  9. Zinnia – A digital bullet journaling app, a great place to record thoughts and feelings incorporated with art, you don’t even need fancy watercolour pencil, calligraphy pens, glitter, glue, stickers, scissors or washi tape. You just need to let your mind wander and let your creativity take wing. £58.99 subscription for a year to use premium elements like templates and artwork.
  10. Goodreads – Make sure your taking time away from screens and pick up a book. This is a good app to track your reading progress, your ultimate reading target for the year, a place to connect with other readers, share reviews and get recommendations for your TBR.

Whilst it’s great to keep busy please also remember to make time to check in with your relatives daily or weekly. A five minute chat, check in with your friends Mental well-being or, an offer to do their shopping would most likely cheer them up no end. Bonus communication apps I recommend are WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

If you yourself are struggling with life in lockdown in any shape or form, whatever your circumstances be brave and open up to someone. Wether it would be me through email or social media or a local helpline please know that you’ll be listened to with confidentiallity, sympathy and by all means will not judged in anyway.

Take care everyone,

Stay strong this can’t last forever.

Love,

RM

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PS. For those of you asking about my political stance in the American election you will know that I prefer to keep my opinions private and just because I live in the uk doesn’t mean I don’t have any interest in American politics and are very concerned for my friends across the pond especially regarding women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ issues.

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