Home schooling, financial worries, stress and illness are making this period anything but a delightful self-improvement holiday. Getting through it is achievement enough.

With no pressure whatsoever, here are 20 free apps selected by The Observer newspaper that, if you do have the motivation and the energy, could pass the time, prove helpful and even give you a new skill. Apps include learning a new language as well as gardening, art, yoga and music

If you don’t have time, rather than feel pressured to show “discipline” now, the list contained in this link might be handy to file away for the future instead.