For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have decided that I’m going to focus on my survival/coping strategies while practicing social distancing. What are the things that make it bearable? What helps alleviate my stress and fear–or at least what distracts me from both?
Right, so I almost talked about baking because I have made more cookies in the past three weeks than I probably had in the previous six months. So, sure, baking is definitely a soothing activity.
But I have been playing Bejeweled almost every night.
If you’re unfamiliar with Bejeweled, it’s the precursor to Candy Crush. The object is to get three (or four or five) of a kind of jewels in a row. After you clear one board, you go on to the next and the next and the next, forever and ever until there are no moves left and you get the ominous GAME OVER.
It is very soothing.
This is not the first time I’ve turned to Bejeweled in times of high stress. The last time was right before my move to California. I spent every night playing Bejeweled instead of packing. Somehow, it seemed like the smart choice.
And it seems like the smart choice now.