So you’ve got yourself some free time, what are you going to do with it? What’s your go-to activity when you have the time? Do you like to veg in front of the television and binge watch your favourite shows? Do you prefer to take the time to meditate, clear your head and breathe or do you like to get up and do something physical? There are so many apps available to assist you with how to spend your free time, we’ve included a small list below of some of our favourites. Have a look and let us know if there’s a great app you use to help you chill out, relax and have fun.
Geocaching – https://www.geocaching.com/play Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download, but with optional in-app purchases. It’s treasure hunting for adults but can include the whole family! Like to get out in the great wide world but need the motivation to keep walking? If you’ve got a phone, you can locate these little hidden treasures all over the world. Some are very difficult to find, others are much easier. As you progress, you will get better and without trying, you will get a workout for your mind and your body, out and about in the fresh air.
Smiling Mind – https://smilingmind.com.au/ Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download. Developed by psychologists and educators by a not-for-profit organisation to increase mindfulness at home, at school, at the workplace, for sportspeople, everyone! It includes many features like different programs for different people and ages, tracking functionality to review progress, and varying durations so you can fit it in to your day regardless of how busy you are.
Breathe – An Apple Watch app (included with operating system) that monitors your breathing. A quick way to take a few moments from your busy day to focus on your breathing, relax, and increase your mindfulness.
TV when you want it, is what’s happening more and more now, and there are so many different providers to choose from for your next great binge watch! Some of these are free, some require a subscription to access the services, all have hours of great content to watch! Game of Thrones marathon anyone?…
Foxtel Anywhere (https://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtel-app.html)
SBS On Demand (https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/faqs)
Since Colouring-in Books have become very popular recently, they have been made into multiple types of apps that you can download and use on the go without requiring pencils, textas or other colouring mediums. You can find many from your app store by searching for colouring (or coloring) book for iTunes and click the link for a collection of apps available. For Google Play we’ve included the following link for you to browse the available colouring-in apps (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=coloring%20book&c=apps&hl=en).
Podcast apps like Pocket Casts (https://play.pocketcasts.com/) and Podcasts (Apple iOS) (https://www.apple.com/au/itunes/podcasts/) have been very popular for catching up with any subject you’re interested in. News, health, comedy, radio, interviews, crafting, ted talks, sports, true crime and entertainment are all catered for by thousands of hosts happy to discuss the world around them. Listening to podcasts is a great idea for people when they are on the go, relaxing, at the gym, on your lunch break and more. Easy to download from your app store, then browse through the categories to find something that takes your fancy. If you enjoy it, then subscribe to it and when there’s a new episode you’ll get a notification.
So a nice quick list and we’ll not take up anymore of your time. Go, relax, enjoy your free time! However you spend it.
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
This week’s preschool storytime theme is OWLS
Join us Thursday at Evanston Gardens Library at 10.15 and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home.
No need to book, just come along and join in the fun!