From Mental Health to Organization Tips: Top 12 Tech Tools To Help You Through these Housebound Days – with a few of Susan’s faves thrown in!

It’s a digital world. And even though we may have thought the world had gone digital, now more than ever we find ourselves turning to technology in more ways than ever.

To help make “Work From Home” and quarantine a little easier on you and your family, check out our list of 12 innovative tech tools you may not know about:

Mental Health

Talkspace.com – Get support from a licensed therapist from the comfort and safety of your home during times of high stress and anxiety.

Shine – Shine is an award-winning app and community for people with anxiety and depression.

Headspace.com – Try Headspace and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with a free Basics course. If you enjoy it, then it’s time to subscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.

Susan’s Pick –  InsightTimer.com – This app for sleep, anxiety, and stress has been my daily go-to for some time. There are many free resources here as well as more in-depth, paid courses.

Physical Health and Wellness

Sworkit – Whether you’re an absolute beginner, intermediate, or advanced, Sworkit makes it simple to get in shape and stay in shape. Get results-focused knowledge on weight loss, strength, nutrition, and more on our blog.

Peloton App – Curious about the hype surrounding Peloton? They’re offering a 90-day free trial for their on-demand, at-home training app. No Peloton bike (or any bike) required since they also provide yoga and strength-training sessions.

Nike Training Club App – Reach your fitness goals with expertly designed workouts from world-class Nike Master Trainers. NTC provides free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, invigorating yoga classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels.

Susan’s PickOrange Theory At-Home Work-Outs – I’ve been an Orange Theory fanatic for a few years now and was so sad when the studio’s closed and we had to head home. Honestly, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good the at-home workouts are. I start with a half-hour run and wrap it up some strength that I can easily do with bodyweight and things I find around the house.

Work From Home

Smart Break – We spend the majority of our day sitting, but Smart Break is here to change that. All you need is 3 minutes to complete our 3 targeted movements. Smart Break isn’t here to get you fit, it’s here to get you HEALTHY.

Focus Booster – Stop procrastinating, focus consistently and track your time. Use Focus Booster to achieve more, understand how you use your time and feel satisfied knowing you are productive.

Just For Fun

Nightly Met Opera Streams – The Metropolitan Opera is streaming encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions until they reopen. Catch classics such as La Traviata, Tristan und Isolde, Macbeth and more!

Sidechef – Try a new recipe! This app features over 16,000 recipes with robust search filtering, meal planning, ingredient delivery, step-by-step guidance with photos, instructional videos, voice command, in-app timers, and smart appliance control.

Susan’s PickCanadian Live Streams – Livestreaming artists is a gift of these housebound times. I started with Keith Urban and Elton John, and now, Jim Cuddy has assembled an impressive list of Canadian artists to bring us #CanadaPerforms on Thursday afternoons. Check out the list here.

For Your Little Ones

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterward.

Virtual Story Times and Singalongs – Penguin Random House Canada is offering virtual storytime and singalongs. Singalongs are uploaded to YouTube while readings take place on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

Susan’s PickHeritage Park at Home – My little girls are not so little anymore, but if they were I’d be directing them to the resources Heritage Park has to keep their community interested in their park, even while it’s closed. Visit their site to sign up for their newsletter so you can download colouring sheets, videos and more.

Are there any others that should be added to this list? Share with us in the comments below!

To your success, in business, in your career, and in life,

Susan Elford

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