5 apps that can help you be your own Secret Santa

5 apps that can help you be your own Secret Santa

For most of us, 2020 has become more like �a year that was�. From lockdowns to curfews and stressful work from home scenarios, this year has left little to be desired. But as we enter the month of December, we start to see a glimmer of light at the end of that metaphorical tunnel.

While in the years pre-pandemic, December rang in the season of gifts, goodies, parties and Secret Santa. This year might be a little different. While the season is a monolith of spreading joy and happiness, it would seem like we could all use a little bit of that sprinkled into our own lives as well. So taking the lessons taught in 2020 of self-reliance and adapting to change, why not come to your rescue this Christmas and be your own Secret Santa with these virtual companions that can help push you towards a positive outlook for 2021.

I am
The best way to strengthen your power of resilience is through positive affirmations. This app does just that for you. While the year has been filled with negativity, empower yourself by verbally affirming your dreams and ambitions. Choose from a plethora of daily quotes and set reminders to receive them throughout the day. Positive affirmations help make major shifts in your mindset and they also serve as prompts and daily reminders on what you are truly capable of, making sure you have an amazing day, every day. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

StepSetGo
Why wait for 2021 to begin your year of health. Walk-in to the new year as the best version of yourself with StepSetGo. With one of the most unique yet simple concepts, StepSetGo is the go-to fitness app that not only counts steps, tracks calories but also rewards you for doing so. If it's a little more motivation you need, the app also has an arena section where you can participate in daily challenges to get those extra steps and rewards in. The in-app marketplace is where you can redeem those coins you�ve earned for a plethora of options across some seriously well-renowned brands. The number of coins you earn depends on the number of steps you take. 1000 Basic steps (Indoor steps) = 1.25 SSG Coins and 1000 Outdoor steps = 1.00 SSG Coins. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

MasterClass
Learning a new skill is sometimes the best form of self-investment. Masterclass is an educational platform that has a course for everything. From arts and entertainment, writing, business, food to home and lifestyle, music, sports and gaming, and a whole lot more, the app shares knowledge from some of the most brilliant minds from across the world. They add new sessions across genres regularly and also have yearly subscription options. Some recognised faces that have hosted sessions on the platform include Bobbi Brown, Anna Wintour, Serena Williams, Gordon Ramsay, Stephen Curry, Steve Martin and many more. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Asana
After months spent working from home, we�re all still trying to find a way to get organised and stay on target. Asana is the work manager for teams that can help you enter the New Year organised and on point. From the small stuff to the big picture, Asana organizes work so teams are clear what to do, why it matters, and how to get it done. Having applications that can help you be organised while working with a team is the new normal now. It has multiple features that help you coordinate plans, projects, and tasks in one shared space. Not just that, it automatically transcribes voice memos to tasks, converts photos of whiteboards, charts, or diagrams to tasks, Instantly syncs work between the app and web, and has an offline work mode where everyone can work without worrying about losing data. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Culture Trip
Don�t let the wanderlust inside you be bothered by 2020! Travel is food for the soul and as travel restrictions begin to lift, one state at a time, this is your time to plan a trip well in advance and with the help of the best guide. Like the name suggests, this application is designed to inspire you to go beyond cultural boundaries and take in the experiences that each place has to offer. What makes this app stand out is the stories that are written from authentic travellers who share their experiences from the places they have visited that make you want to book and travel right away. They even have an offline viewing option that removes the restriction of internet access while exploring. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

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