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20 April 2020 | 3 min read

Apps, Books, & Products Getting You Through Isolation

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Human beings are called social animals for a reason. And now more than ever, the joys of having a smoothie at your favourite cafe, bumping into fellow joggers at the neighbourhood park, or taking a tea break with that Excel hating colleague are feeling like another era. As we make peace with self-isolation and come to terms with the fact that our lives might be altered in mysterious, inexplicable ways thanks to COVID-19, we must arm ourselves with every aid that makes life feel lighter and brighter.

When days seem dull, I turn to apps, books and everything that helps me get out of my head and nurture a plant, cook a dish, get in some cardio or binge watch my comfort show on TV instead – here’s what’s in my happy arsenal for long days of involuntary me-time.

1. Netflix

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This one’s a no-brainer. Who isn’t on the hunt for a show as bizarre and outrageous as Tiger King or catching up on Unorthodox so you can discuss it over Zoom calls? While some of us are indulging in reruns of our favourite comfort shows (hey, FRIENDS), others are discovering the boundless joys of going back to the classics.

There’s so much to consume your time and soul and offer the quintessential escape from reality, which is why live-streaming is indeed a saviour. Leave me with a show as gripping as Ozark, and I’ll survive the lockdown just fine.

2. Headspace

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On the other end of the Netflix spectrum is something that lets me zoom in, instead of out. With simple breathing exercises, a soothing voiceover, and easy-to-follow instructions, Headspace helps me find a few moments of calm in otherwise chaotic days. Great for beginners who see “meditation” like a daunting concept, the app gets you started right from the basics.

With series that are targeted towards specific issues including worry induced by the current crisis or general loneliness, sadness, fear, anxiety, or even low self-esteem, it’s a useful app if you’re looking to center yourself but don’t know where to begin.

3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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As someone who always romanticized holding an old, yellowed paperback, Kindle seemed like a strange contraption in my head. This, of course, was before I held Paperwhite and was surprised by how close it came to holding an actual book. I’m thankful that it lets me keep so many of my favorite reads in one place by giving me access to Prime Reading as well. Oh, it’s lightweight and emits little glare from the screen when I lie in bed reading… Hello, sound sleep.

Want a few recommendations – check them out here.

4. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes {Set Of 4 Books}

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In times when I’m naturally a bit cynical about life post-COVID-19, Calvin & Hobbes acts as the perfect warm hug for my soul. This comic strip has stood the test of time and is loved beyond age, ideology, gender, and belief simply because of its ability to talk about universal issues with a touch of wit, realism, and humor.

I adore the relationship between the six-year-old and his stuffed tiger, who navigate through the world in all its glorious complexities.

5. Wonderchef Nutri-Blend

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An unlikely contender to this list is this kitchen savior that I’ve used more often in the last few weeks than ever in my life. As a lazy cook who loves breakfasts but hates having to make them, I find a lot of solace in making smoothies with lots of fruits thrown in. A Nutri-Blend also makes my favorite mint chutney in a jiffy and lets me whip up near-healthy purees that make meal prep a breeze.

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