6 apps to help you make the most of your lunch hour

Did you know that a whopping 79% of employees think fun at work relieves stress?

Olivia Davies: BrightHR Digital Campaign Manager

The struggle for a lot of workplaces is not all offices can easily integrate fun into their working day. This makes your lunch break primetime for clawing back some energy.

Whether you want to learn some new skills, relax or get a little exercise, here are six apps that can help you to get the most out of your lunch break.

1. Udemy

With over 40,000 on-demand courses available, you can learn about pretty much everything with Udemy. Choose from courses on anything from Web Design to Yoga, with Development and Coding among their highest rated topics.

The app allows you to learn at your own pace through a mixture of audio, video, and written tutorials. You can even download the tutorials to your phone so you can access them offline, so there’s no need to worry about tracking down wifi or saving the last of your data.

Available on iOS and Android

2. Duolingo

Brush up on Spanish before your holiday, or learn a little Welsh before your trip to Llandudno, with Duolingo learning a language becomes strangely addictive.

You decide how much you want to achieve and Duolingo will remind you daily to come back and learn a little more. The app even grades your pronunciation, so you’ll never get Papá and papa mixed up again.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows

3. Yousician

Dubbed as your personal music teacher, Yousician gives you the chance to unleash your inner Brian May*. With easy to follow, step by step tutorials, you can master the piano, guitar, bass or ukulele all from your phone. *curly wig not included, but highly encouraged.

Available on iOS and Android

4. Lrn

No longer the realm of computer whizz-kids, writing code is fast becoming an invaluable skill for professionals.

Lrn teaches you the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby, and Javascript, straight from your phone - no special software required.

Available on iOS

5. Google Fit

Get away from your desk at lunch. Take a walk around your local area or even jog! With Google Fit you can track your daily exercise just be carrying your phone around with you.

Not only will your physical health benefit, but getting away from your desk is essential to creativity and motivation.

Available on Android

6. Headspace

What do Steve Jobs, Ringo Starr and Oprah Winfrey have in common? Meditation.

Advocates of meditation believe that as little as 10 minutes a day can improve communication, reduce stress and improve focus.

Headspace gives you 10 free guided meditation sessions. You can meditate at anytime, in any place you’d like.

Available on iOS and Android

 

So! What are you waiting for? Get mobile, get using your lunch breaks and be happy!

If you’ve got a favourite app you reckon other Bright HR’ers would love to know about, get in touch with us on Twitter - @brightHR.