Would you like to donate money to COVID-19 charities but watching the pennies? Or grow trees while concentrating better? Here are 3 great apps, Livvy recommends for lockdown working that support charities, tree planting and your mental health.
Tab for a cause
If you open a lot of tabs during the day, don't worry we aren't going to say it's bad for your concentration - it may well be but opening lots of tabs can also generate money for charities with Tab for a Cause.
This is a chrome extension that generates money from tabs being opened. Yes, there are adverts on the corner of the new tab but there is also a beautiful picture of the great outdoors, and for every tab you get a heart which you save you up and donate to charity.
Currently, Tab for a Cause are fundraising for COVID-19 charities and automatically giving revenue to charities so even more hearts to go around.
Livvy uses this and it makes here feel much better that she gave up on Ecosia, the eco-search engine that plants trees, as it just doesn't get the search results she has grown accustomed to (but do give it a go and see what you think). So with Tab for a Cause she can have her Google searches and donate to charity.
Concentrate or the tree gets it!
Get a bit of headspace
And what about YOUR mental health?
With meetings, pub quizzes and house parties all conducting on screens, our brains have little time away from stimulation and with the never-ending bad news stories, from around the world, it can all feel a bit much. So taking a few minutes for mindfulness meditation will really help your brain.
If you aren't into chakras and channelling your inner animal spirit, then the Headspace app is brilliant and plain-talking (literally Andy has the most down-to-earth voice every heard on a meditation app).
Since the onset of the pandemic Headspace have included light exercise and short daily advice videos for mental and physical wellbeing, and there are sessions on focus, concentration and prioritisation.
Furthermore there are lots of free resources and support tailored for work sectors being impacted most.
For more tips and actions to take check out 350.orgs guide: Community Care is greater than Coronavirus which lists actions you can take while staying at home.
And equally if you feel like doing very little that is OK to, forget the motivational posts saying you should have learnt a new skill before the end of lockdown- we are in a global pandemic and the stress is scientifically proven to make use feel tireder.