5 Good Apps to Get Through a PandemicDecember 14, 2020
While the pandemic continues to spread, and the government maintains the need to socially distance and stay at home whenever you can, the need to keep life as normal as possible has not changed. Many apps that used to be popular are now becoming essential for day-to-day life. Particularly popular are apps that keep people connected, entertain the kids, keep business running as close to usual as possible, as well as those that help build mental health and a financial portfolio. Fortunately, there are numerous apps available to help you get through the day.
Here are 5 of the most popular apps helping people get through the pandemic.
Disney + is essential in many households to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. This app offers the ability to stream nearly all of Disney’s shows and movies. This includes Star Wars films as well as Marvel and family-friendly Pixar movies. You can create up to six profiles on one account and stream videos on up to four devices, which means that several people can watch the same movie at the same time, even when they are not together. You can also bundle Disney + with Hulu and ESPN for $12.99 a month.
Robinhood is an investment app that allows you to invest with no account minimum requirement. Investors can buy and trade stocks, options, and cryptocurrency as well as purchase fractional shares with no fees or commissions. The Robinhood app is also a place to check on stock market prices and earnings, such as Disney earnings, in a straightforward platform that is great for beginners.
While there are plenty of mental health apps, like Youper and BoosterBuddy, to help you cope during the pandemic, it might be that the best thing is simply to go for a walk. Though it is not one of the apps that pay you to walk, the Fitbit app is one of the best walking apps to provide motivation and track your progress.
You do not need a Fitbit to use this free app. Instead, this app uses your phone and a GPS to track your steps each day as well as your walking workouts. For those who do not have a Fitbit, you can pick “No Fitbit Yet” when you are setting up the app.
The Fitbit app maps out your route and shows calories burned, the distance covered, the pace of movement, the number of steps, and the time spent for each workout. You can also select to receive voice cues at specific times during your workout.
While a lot of people are using Zoom for business calls as well as dates and socially distanced parties, there are other ways to stay connected while at a distance. Houseparty is an alternative to Zoom, which can hold up to 100 callers and is somewhat orientated to conference calls and business meetings.
Houseparty is really a fun and friendly chat room. It allows up to eight people to join the call and can be linked with social media accounts and your phone’s contact list. Houseparty allows you to create chat rooms where you invite friends and block anyone with who you do not want to speak. You can also play games with friends on this app.
The pandemic has been incredibly stressful, and as a result, meditation apps have grown significantly in popularity since the start of COVID-19. One of the most popular apps is Headspace. This app offers guided meditations that are great for beginners. There are meditations to focus better, reduce stress, manage anxiety, and sleep soundly.
Two options are available. One is a free basic service, and the other option is a subscription plan that costs $12.99 a month. The free service is great for anyone new to meditation. The subscription service offers access to a full library of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises as well as mini-meditations for those short on time.
A Few More to Consider
Whichever apps you need really depends on your goals, lifestyle, and personal needs. Others to consider are grocery apps, like Shipt, budget management apps, like Mint, apps to help you plan meals, like Mealtime, and apps to build your skills, like Coursera.