MANILA -- "Asia's Next Top Model" winner Maureen Wroblewitz is among the millions of people who were able to find comfort in the video game "Animal Crossing" amid quarantines imposed due to COVID-19.
In an interview livestreamed on the Facebook page of the radio station RX 93.1 on Tuesday, Wroblewitz said she considers "Animal Crossing" her "distraction" as she tries to stay positive during the pandemic.
"It can be really hard for a lot of people, so I feel like it's good to distract yourself, especially if you're alone," she said. "That's when you mind starts overthinking, you think about a lot of negative things and your mental health [gets affected]."
"I see a lot of people having anxiety, or their anxiety getting worse, so the best way is really to distract yourself," she added. "And 'Animal Crossing' really does that."
Reiterating that she is not sponsored by the creators of "Animal Crossing" in any way ("I wish I was!" she said in jest), Wroblewitz said she started playing the game a month after it was released.
"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" came out in late March, and can be played on the Nintendo Switch.
"I wasn't interested yet. My sisters in Germany were like, 'I really need to have this, I need to buy 'Animal Crossing.' I need to buy the Switch and I was like, hmm, it was kind of expensive and I don't know if I want to play it again," the model said, recalling how she used to play "Animal Crossing: Wild World" as a child.
Explaining why the new "Animal Crossing" game has been helpful to her during the quarantine, she went on: "It's like your own little world. And then when you play it, you don't really think of what is happening right now, and I think that is important. Because if you think too much about it, it's just gonna get worse."
Aside from playing "Animal Crossing," Wroblewitz also suggested cooking or baking to relieve stress during the quarantine.
"It's a lot of fun to do something and to focus on something else," she said.