My Favourite Things is a precursor to TC’s Treasures. Starting in November 2016, all My Favourite Things posts will be known as TC’s Treasures.
Can’t believe it’s February! This is what I call the crazy month. I’ve got the annual photography contest to do at my workplace, and I’ll be running around with my head cut off trying to do all these tasks. Regardless, I’m here to do Raisa and Eirene’s wonderful link-up, My Favourite Things. January was — unexpectedly — a busy month for me, so I haven’t really been exposed to anything new. Then again, it seems like I just don’t want to get into new things lately because I want things that are familiar to give me comfort. And with this month’s being my super busy month, this entry will list some of my favourite things that gives me relaxation when things become too much and I want to escape . . .
I’m a huge reader, but I tend to re-read a lot of things when I am stressed and not in the mood to venture into anything new. Before going to sleep, I like nothing better than snuggling in my bed with my Kindle. From fanfics to books like The Baby-sitters Club, I find comfort when I re-read the familiar stories. Another thing is because it’s a re-read, I don’t have to concentrate super hard on the material. If I were to read something brand new, it takes more mental stamina to concentrate and absorb the new stories I read. One book I can re-read all the time is Anne Frank Remembered, an autobiography about Miep Gies, one of the helpers who hid Anne Frank and her family for two years. I’ve read this when I was in fifth or sixth grade, and it’s a book I come back to at least once a year.
Like books and fanfics, there are certain movies I can just re-watch over and over again and immerse myself into their recognisable worlds. October Sky, Remembered the Titans, and Beauty and the Beast are just a few I like to re-watch when I need to escape reality for a while. Like books and fanfics, I prefer to re-watch films I’ve seen to minimise my level of concentration. After a long day or week, the last thing I want to do is to focus on a film that requires 1043483 gigawatts of brain power.
Re-playing some of my favourite games are also a way for me to escape. I love to re-play Gyakuten Saiban series because they are just so wacky, and the colourful cast of characters always make me happy. With good stories and soundtrack, re-playing these games are like coming back to a damn good novel that I cannot stop reading. And if I really were in the mood, grinding in RPGs and the repetition from them also help me relax. Only in certain, games though. The games I don’t mind grinding in are Suikoden II and Final Fantasy X.
Well, they may not be that beneficial, but there’s just something about giving my soul to Wikipedia, TV Tropes, and Buzzfeed to mindlessly read and scroll through page after page. After a long work day, there’s something satisfying about wasting my time on these websites. I don’t do this every day, but some days I just need to unwind and lose myself in these websites and go on an information overload. Yeah, that sounds like I’m doing anything but relaxing, but it works for me, haha!
Finally, when nothing else works, I turn to my bed for escape. There are days when I’m just too bloody knackered to do anything. I have my days where everything is terrible and I hate everyone, everything, and myself to hell and back. Thankfully, a good night sleep resolves that feeling of despair, and I tell myself that it’s okay to just sleep and don’t worry about anything until the next day.
How do you relax and unwind? What works for you and doesn’t? Feel free to share your tips and techniques!