David Bakke is a small business owner and author of a personal finance book. He now blogs about money management, careers, retirement, and more at Money Crashers Personal Finance. Read more...
Use your new-found free time to generate income any way you can.
Collect small electronics you don't need or use as well as any other unwanted valuables and sell them online at eBay or Amazon. For items you can't sell, donate them and save the tax receipt. Depending on your income and the item you donate, you could actually net more from the tax deduction than from selling it.
Selling and/or donating your "stuff" has the added benefit of clearing the clutter from your home and keeping you active and productive, which can both keep you optimistic during this difficult time.