Creating a healthy relationship with our smartphones while quarantining

By Melissa

Photo by Bruno Gomiero

My last blog post focussed on the amount of time we spend on our phones and ideas on how to go on a digital detox.

Coronavirus has many of us glued to our smartphones. Whether it is checking the news regularly, scrolling through social media or keeping up with endless WhatsApp chats, it can quickly feel quite overwhelming. I think it’s incredibly important to look after our wellbeing and practise social distancing from our mobile devices during this uncertain time, but there are ways that we can use the apps on our phones to our benefit and make our stay at home that little bit easier:

Give your wellness a boost:

Toss – a fast and easy way to declutter your home with daily tasks to complete, even tracking the number of items you have recycled or donated to charity.

Moodrise – a purposeful selection of images, video and audio to positively and progressively elevate your mood. 

Social distancing like a boss:

Bottles – essential groceries speedily delivered to your door (in partnership with Pick n Pay) from the comfort of your home.

SuperCook – use items currently in your food cupboard, including spices, to find recipes so that you do not have to leave your home for any ingredients. 

Making lockdown work for you:

7 Minutes Workout – encouraging you to work out anytime and anywhere, these 7 minute workouts are based on high intensity circuit training to assist with weight loss and cardiovascular function.

JS Health – besides healthy recipes, meal plans and meditations, this app offers a great selection of yoga, barre, pilates, HIIT workouts and more to keep you active. 

Virtually Social with Zoom or HouseParty:

Host a game night don’t let social distancing ruin your game nights. Try Jackbox Party Pack or Heads Up! for some lockdown fun.

Host a cooking class – make a delicious dinner with friends while learning some new cooking skills. Disclaimer: wine is compulsory.

If a digital detox is what you need, head out for a simple solitary stroll.

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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