It’s a privilege to be able to stay at home (or even have a home to stay in) during the lockdown that started in March 2020. Staying indoors meant that you're technically cutting off transmission lines of COVID-19, and it’s honestly the best way to help our frontliners.
That being said, being cooped up for long periods especially during such a traumatic time can also be harsh on one’s mental health. Different people cope different ways—some learned how to cook and bake, others decorated their homes, while there were also those who got into different hobbies.
Beauty queen Megan Young, who is also a gamer, turned to the recently-released Animal Crossing: New Horizons game on the Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing is a game series in which the goal is to build and maintain your home in a paradise island. The newest iteration on Switch allows you to connect with other players and visit each other’s virtual home.
“When it first came out, I was playing every day,” she said in a recent interview with Summit Media. “Kasi ito ‘yong times na…kaka-start pa lang ng ECQ natin…
“I wanted to occupy myself with something to do that would make me feel a bit more relaxed, kasi medyo tense, especially nung mga times na ‘yon kasi it was very uncertain.”
According to Megan, it has helped her cope with all the bad news that just kept on pouring in. “Animal Crossing would definitely be my outlet… It’s been fun and it’s also been a way for me to connect with friends na hindi ko nakikita.”
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*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.