Remote working bringing out your A-game?
No? We thought so. The lockdown might have been all fun and games in the beginning, but each passing day, the burden of housework, the pressure of performing from home for the fear of impending pay cuts and job loss is causing more anxiety than ever. That’s why good health during lockdown is more important than it's ever been.
Here’s a list of apps and gadgets Stuff recommends for you to manage sleep, fight germs and sanitise your environment for a healthy, stress-free lockdown…
How many times have you slept wearing your Fitbits and Apple Watches for sleep tracking? Let us guess: not often, coz who’d wanna keep a wearable device on after wearing it all day, right? Here’s a non-invasive device from the house of sleepers who track and record your slumbering patterns better than your mom. Damn right! Your mother’s sleep tracking includes a daily verbal lashing of how much you sleep while you maintain you weren’t in as deep sleep as she thought you were; of course, she needs proof that the lockdown has stressed you out, and how! This contact-free health monitor tracks heartbeat, respiration, sleep and stress-recovery, and claims to do so with 98.4% medical-grade accuracy. Place Dozee's sensor sheet under the mattress, connect it to the dedicated app, and daily health data is recorded and can be viewed in real-time via the app. In case of elders and patients, the same can be monitored remotely as well. Daily Sleep Score is calculated by how deep, long and restful your night's sleep was, and your mother can cross check with an actual sleep doctor to help with a diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of the long hours of siesta you enjoy.
Segun Life Infrared Thermometer (₹3,999)
An Infrared thermometer isn’t something you’d spot just on airports post-lockdown. In the times of Corona (or until a vaccine is developed), this will be a handy precautionary tool for whenever we’re ready to step back into the real world. Featuring no-touch sensors, accuracy of up to 2 celsius, single press power button, easy storage and an LED light to record temperature even in low light, the Segun Life IR thermometer may very well become a post-pandemic must-have for residents of big housing complexes, business owners, office goers, hospitals and restaurants alike.
Log 9 Materials CoronaOven (₹11,699)
Resonating the hymn ‘Go Corona, Corona Go!’, this disinfection chamber does just that – disinfects contaminated objects that go in. Say goodbye to bacterias, viruses, and other germs and pathogens, coz once inside for 10 minutes, all objects come out as good as new. The CoronaOven is designed to disperse UV light in all directions for a 360° exposure, so however the object is placed inside, it’ll come out sterilised. Not only medical equipment (masks, gloves, etc.), it can also be used to decontaminate all household items – vegetables, fruits, milk bottles, keys, toys, TV remote, and more within a 10-minute cycle. The CoronaOven is perhaps one of the most fuss-free and maintenance-free items you’d be bringing home in the times of Corona. The UVC lamps have a lifespan of 7,000 hours of continuous use and the equipment itself requires minimum cleaning. You can breathe easy, lay back and relax, coz your phones, tablets and keys are germ-free.
Fitbit Premium 90-day trial (₹free)
Caught between performing while working from home, screaming kids and never ending housework while being locked up can bog you down like nothing else you’d have ever imagined. That’s why physical fitness is even more important now than otherwise. No long runs, no ‘me’ time or the self isolation you used to look forward to to escape all of the above. If exercising was your way of rejuvenating, Fitbit Premium is here to ensure the adrenaline still keeps going. 40 pieces of premium content is now free on the Fitbit app that includes health insights, guidance, advanced sleep tools, tools that aid and promote mindfulness (much needed) and over 150 workouts to keep you active indoors. The otherwise paid-for subscription has offered this advantage – 90-day free trial – for anyone new to Fitbit Premium so that health doesn’t suffer.
LightOn UV Steriliser (₹6,073)
The world we once knew is going to be very different post lockdown. The mobile phones, keys, and other everyday items we never thought of sterilising before will now be sanitised as frequently as our hands. It is then a crucial purchase given the times we’re living in. A clean station of sorts, the LightOn UV steriliser is the best way to ensure your objects of daily use are safe from germs in three minutes. It’s wireless; it’s portable; it disinfects masks, phones, office badges, keys and the likes; it’s quick and effective, and fits right into your handbag or backpack. The built-in wireless charging helps its case just a little bit more.
Headspace (₹120 per month)
There’s a whole range of free and premium meditation apps and skills available on your Amazon and Google smart speakers, and one of the best out there is Headspace. It aims to boost mindfulness with meditation sessions and sleep exercises. There are short guided meditation sessions that are useful when you need to take a second to clear your mind during those hair-raisingly hectic days. Take a deep breath, lock the room behind you, and disconnect from the endless Zoom calls and kids who’ve been taking Eminem’s Hell Breaks Loose way too seriously – and indulge in some mindfulness by yourself. Trust us, you’ll emerge from the room with a clear mind and increased immunity against the maddening anxiety waiting for you on the other side of the door.