07 May 2020

Staying home for long stretches of time has its pros and cons, and sometimes even homebodies can start to feel a tiny bit of cabin fever. What have you been up to these days, and how are you holding up?

We recently had a chat with #ArcadeInsider Teresa (@teeteeheehee) to find out what she's been up to the past month and what she turns to to feel sane, creative and occupied. These are her top five activities and what they meant to her.

1. Reading

Getting lost in a book is great when I'm bored, want to distract myself or want to escape to new worlds and emerge with fresh thoughts and ideas. One of my favourites so far this year is The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen. She’s definitely one of my favourite authors.

I’ve read so many good books recently I’m gonna share 3 more: 

1. Kim Ji Young by Cho Nam Joo. The book revolves around womanhood, motherhood, gender inequality and life.

2. Wow, no thank you by Samantha Irby. Talks about life and literally everything in between. This one is super funny I really enjoyed it a lot.

3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It's about girlhood, womanhood, religious wars and self-identity.

2. Drawing

Drawing sometimes helps me escape. My favourite subject matters are girls and their outfits. I imagine a different life when drawing different people.

3. Surrounding myself with colour

I dress up and make stuff with fun colour combinations. Colours brighten my day! I love making accessories like earrings and hair clips because I can wear them and pair them with other different colours. If i could sew my own clothes or bags, I totally would!

4. Writing

I write to unload my mind. Writing is an important process in my life and I feel that it helps keep me grounded and present. When I write, I can make sense of my thoughts and feelings and it helps me to reason with and understand myself. 

I write about everything: my anger, my happiness and sadness, my thoughts and observations, and my hopes and dreams. Sometimes I also write about stories in my imagination or even random ramblings.

I occasionally like to practice this form of writing called Automatic Writing, where I dont consciously think about what I want to write and it just flows out from my mind. I get interesting results at times.

5. Recharging

I also sleep a lot and spend a bit of my time on iPad and mobile games!

Are any of these your go-to activities whenever you feel boredom creeping in? If not, what other things do you usually occupy yourself with? Whatever it is, we hope you're doing well, and we hope you keep enjoying all the little things every day! Sending you some love from Arcade 

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