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10 Productive Things to Do During Quarantine

Kapil Sharma

April 09, 2020
Last updated July 15, 2021
KMC Lalitpur

Self-quarantine was neither your priority list nor in your bucket list, but this is the only thing you are doing right now. Thus, here are 10 positive productive things that you can try during self-quarantine.

What if the full form of QUARANTINE is like this: 

  • Q= Question for self-reflection
  • U= Uplift your productivity with optimism and hope
  • A= Add new skills
  • R=Read something that gives you a good feel
  • A=Avoid rumors
  • N= Need to meditate and relax
  • T=Take break from social media and news portal
  • I= Increase hope and optimism
  • N= Neat and clean
  • E=Exercise to promote good health

1. Q= Questions for self-reflection

Asking the question to reflect optimism is the very first step of being aware of self-care.


  • How can I utilize this day?
  • Is it necessary to feel such a fear?
  • What are the hopeful things?
  • Is the information fact or rumor?
  • Am I just looking the negative side or there is a positive side too? 

2. U= Uplift your productivity

Take a paper and pencil and start writing what you are made for, what is the passion that you have been ignoring till now pretending that you could not do it or you do not have time to do so. This leads to a healthier life in terms of your physical, mental social or spiritual productivity.

Question: - Am I doing something fruitful today or can I do something productive today?

3. A= Add new skills

This is the time to add some value so that you would become a value-added person. Make the most of this time by enhancing and polishing new skills that you did not have time for. Draw on skills you have used in past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities.

Question:- Did I do something new that added some new skill to me?

4. R= Read something that gives you a good feel

It does not mean that you have to read a certain list of books or article, it simply means that read something that boosts your level of confidence or keeps you engaging in this prime time.

Question: - Am I reading something new that boosts up my mental health? 

5. A= Avoid rumors

In this age of information overload, we are fed with loads of information without actual referencing as well, so get informed about the authentic site and avoid myths and rumor. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or local or state public health agencies.

Question:- Am I getting factual information from authentic sources?

6. N= Need to meditate and relax

It is well said that- if you cannot go outside (In this quarantine period) go inside yourself, discover yourself and know your  uniqueness. This is the best probable time to explore the true self, take it as an opportunity.

Question: - Had I separated time to relax my mind and body this day?

7. T= Take break from social media and news portal

It is good to follow a trusted and factual source of information to keep yourself informed, but equally bad to get informed on the matter that is not helpful. Excessive intake of social media and portals take a toll on your mental health, so simply get informed timely but do not get ruined from it.

Question: - Am I limiting media intake time, or taking break from social media?

8. I= Increase hope and optimism

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis, talking to people you can trust can help you. Moreover, looking at the positive side of the event and keeping yourself engaged in managing daily routines gives you a sense of accomplishment. Humbly keep doing things that give you worthiness regularly, who knows you may discover something new.

Question: - Am I looking at the positive aspect of the condition?

9. N= Neat and clean

Simply making your bed every morning, washing your dishes and laundry may give you a sense of accomplishment. These small things really matter in terms of personal hygiene and psychological health too, which is also related to your kindness of helping and boosting your immunity.

Question: - Am I taking care of my body, family and environment around me?

10. E= Exercise to promote good health

As we all know that exercise helps in the proper blood circulation of blood and benefits mind and body, thus doing any form of exercise that is healthy enough for you personally can add value to you to remain productive and optimistic.

Question: - Am I doing routine basic stretching and exercise to keep my body fit?

“Stay safe and updated with facts, but do not panic.”

Saathi Kapil (Kapil Sharma) is working in the field of mental health & counseling psychology in Nepal.

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