The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of many. While some countries have been hit with a much greater degree of devastation than others, almost all countries have enacted some type of quarantine regulations on those who have either tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus or had otherwise come into contact with someone who has.

Quarantine can have negative effects on mental health. Not being able to leave one’s house or interact with friends and family at will can take its toll on one’s general well being. Because of this, it is important to keep busy and productively use one’s quarantine time. Here we will look at some basic ways to do just that.

1. Do A Deep Dive: Being confined to one’s home could be much worse if they didn’t have access to the internet. Most people in quarantine will find themselves searching the dark recesses of youtube for movies and series they have not yet seen. An alternative to lazily watching c-grade programming is to pick a topic one has always been interested in and do a deep dive. “The term deep-dive has become popular in recent culture and refers to undergoing a thorough examination of a particular topic or subject,” writes Henry Fossil, a business blogger at Writinity and Researchpapersuk. Doing a deep-dive on a topic is an excellent way to make productive use of one’s quarantine time.

2. Reconnect With Family: Many people are taking to Zoom to connect with family or friends who are also in Quarantine. Even those who are not in quarantine are trying to stay indoors as much as possible. On top of this, many individuals are not able to go to work. The point here is that the vast majority of people have free time on their hands and this offers an excellent opportunity to catch up with them.

3. Read A Book: Nearly everyone will have a book or two they purchased that they never got around to reading. Hopefully, the pandemic will not last long and it is unsure when one will once again have access to this much free time.

4. Reassess Budget: There is great concern shared by individuals the world over about the world's economic future and their own financial security. While in Quarantine, people should take the time to examine their monthly budgets and determine if there is anything they can do without. Going financially lean may be a reality for many people over the coming months and it is best to put oneself ahead of the game instead of finding themselves behind.

5. Develop A New Skill From Home: There are many types of skills and talents that can be practiced from the comfort of one’s home. For example, many people had planned on picking up the guitar but simply never found the time. There will likely not be a better time than now in the near future to start. Other examples of things people could learn include programming, web development, and video editing.

6. Start A Blog: The majority of individuals have an area of interest or expertise. Whether it be their career, hobby, or interest, there is usually something they know more about than most people. “Starting a blog is a good way to pass the time, organize one’s thoughts, and perhaps even earn extra income someday. While programs like Google Adsense does not pay much money anything, affiliate product selling and other methods are still lucrative options for high-traffic blogs,” writes Jane Henry, a productivity writer at Draftbeyond and Lastminutewriting.

7. Practice Meditation: The health benefits, both physical and mental, of meditation, have not gone unnoticed. Over the last decades, mainstream science has taken an interest in this technique, which is essentially an exercise in breathing and concentration. Those who have practiced meditation, even for a short period of time, commonly report a reduction in stress and an increase in overall well being. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress for many people, whether it be out of fear for themselves or loved ones, or financial reasons. Meditation offers a cheap and simple stress-reduction technique.

Cheri.S.Jones is an aspiring entrepreneur and business writer at Luckyassignments.com and Gumessays.com. Over the last few years, Cheri has been involved in a number of difficult and challenging projects. Her ability to think outside the box has allowed her to come up with unique solutions to odd problems.