MANILA -- Filipinos, as well as people from affected territories, have been advised to stay at home in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The situation is far from ideal save for, probably, the introverts and home-based workers. Many are suddenly left with a lot of time on their hands -- and they don't know what to do with it.
To those who are starting to feel the boredom, we've compiled fun and productive ways to pass the time at home. Just don't forget to stay updated on the news about COVID-19 as well as practice proper hygiene and social distancing measures.
NETFLIX (BUT NO CHILL)
Being holed up at home is the perfect time to binge watch on Netflix, iWant and other streaming services, with thousands of films and shows available at the press of a button (or maybe a tap on your mobile device).
Skip the other half of "Netflix and chill," though, as health experts discourage physical contact and other intimate gestures.
PLAY VIDEO GAMES
It's easy for most gamers to find a silver lining in a situation like this -- more time at home means more time to play.
Bring out your preferred gadget -- whether it's a PlayStation 4, an Xbox, a Nintendo Switch, a personal computer, or even a mobile phone -- and spend the next days beating monsters or building your own dream home.
The possibilities are endless. Just remember to regularly sanitize your controllers and keyboards afterwards.
READ A BOOK
Similar to Netflix and video games, choose your own adventure by picking up a book at home. If you've read all the titles in your bookshelf, browse online and you're bound to find something interesting.
We know it's hard to put a good book down, but if you're about to cough or sneeze, make sure to keep it out of range, and wash your hands thoroughly.
CULTIVATE YOUR GREEN THUMB
Channel your inner "plantita" (or "plantito") and grow your own garden at home. No tools and seeds? No problem -- check your refrigerator for leftover vegetables and fruits, regrow them with water and soil, and put them in old containers.
If you don't have your own backyard, make use of your balcony instead. Pamper your plant babies and expand your garden when the shops have finally reopened.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Get creative by using whatever is lying around to create something -- whether a scrapbook, greeting cards, or even toys for the little ones.
As the saying goes, the only limit is your imagination. But if you are looking for pegs, there are many free arts and crafts pages to check out online.
And speaking of "whatever is lying around," it may be a good idea to kickstart your decluttering since you'll be stuck at home for quite some time.
It doesn't matter which method you cater to -- from Marie Kondo's KonMari to the Swedish death cleaning -- what's important is you get to organize your space. And while you're at it, sanitize and disinfect everything to make sure the coronavirus won't thrive.
No matter what activity you'll end up doing at home, you'll get hungry at some point. Instead of repeatedly ordering food which is more expensive, try whipping up something in your own kitchen.
If you end up burning your toast for the nth time or your fried rice is a bit too salty, don't fret. Practice makes perfect -- just make sure that you don't share utensils with the people in your household.
Who said you have to go to the gym to exercise? There are many no-equipment workouts that you can do at home, with plenty of tutorials available for free online.
Just a reminder: if you're exercising with someone at home, practice social distancing and don't share towels and other items.
Many are happy with the sudden suspension of classes in parts of the country due to the coronavirus situation. But if you're the type who doesn't want to stop learning, there are many options for you online -- from art and language classes to business and marketing courses.
Studying for tests is important, but don't forget to listen to your body and rest when needed.
LOOK FOR WAYS TO EARN
Who said you have to stop hustling when you're stuck at home? Now is a good time to try other ways to earn money, from selling goods online to taking on freelance jobs.
And just like in studying, make sure to properly balance work and rest to avoid weakening your immune system -- which will make you more vulnerable to COVID-19.