How do you relax and wind down? If you have been working from home since the start of the pandemic, you may find this difficult as you generally don’t actually leave work and have that natural cut off point. Maybe you find something to watch on the TV? Maybe you stay online and reach out to your social media? Maybe you bury yourself in a good book. Or maybe you are a gamer and head online for all the excitement, fun and tension of a game of Fifa or Fortnite.
If you are a gamer, or someone who wants to try online gaming without all the cost implications that can come with it (in game purchases anyone), then I would recommend Plays.org which has over a 100 online games that can be enjoyed both on a desktop computer device or on your mobile device for free. Yes, for free.
Plays.org is a great way to wind down, whether you have a few minutes free in the middle of the day, or want to play for a longer period of time. They have a wide range of games for you to try, some which are very familiar to those who love their arcade classics and early Gameboy retro games. I found myself addicted to Super Tetris all over again, and loved the Neon Invaders, which is clearly inspired by Space Invaders, and Pac Rat, which is Plays.org’s version of Pac Man. New games are being added all the time, so it is well worth bookmarking the site.
But don’t think Plays.org is all about the retro, old school gaming as that would be wrong. I have a 12 year old son who loves Footstar, a football free kick game where you can collect the stars by hitting them with the football. He often plays this on his phone when he is in the car. Another popular game is Fight Virus, which to me seems perfectly apt for 2020/1.
Must Watch TV
Netflix has been the home of must watch television for most of the pandemic, with Bridgerton, The Queen’s Gambit, Behind Her Eyes and Tiger King amongst the most popular programmes. This Spring brings the much anticipate Halston, the story of the 1970’s, disco era, fashion genius, with Ewan McGregor in the title role.
The trailer has just been released and looks sure to be another massive success for Netflix.
Later this year we will also be treated to the final series of the iconic Peaky Blinders, made more poignant now following the shock death of Aunt Polly actress Helen McCrory. The last series ended in explosive fashion, so this is sure to be must watch television.
Whether you enjoy an old fashioned paperback, or are addicted to your Kindle, reading is a traditional, but brilliant way to wind down and relax, losing yourself in a book. There have been some great must reads over lockdown, including The Bridgerton series that is a must for anyone who loved the TV series, and The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, which told of the lives of the victims of Jack the Ripper, telling us less about the killings and more about the flesh and blood women behind the victims.
This year is all about the psychological drama, with A Crooked Tree by Una Manion and The Push by Ashley Audrain both gaining great reviews, and both featured on the Good Housekeeping best 30 books of 2021 so far list.
How are you winding down at the end of your working day?