Nostalgia can help us cope with pandemic drain

By Madilynn Dubonnette, contributing writer

With the bore of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been drained to the core with little to no motivation or time to have fun. To combat this feeling, an increase of Instagram accounts that specialize in nostalgic items from the early 2000s, specifically collecting Bratz and Monster High dolls, has become popular. Some people might see looking back to a simpler, happier time as a good coping mechanism, but it can become a great way to forget about the COVID-19 pandemic for a while.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bratz; from the TV series to the dolls, there is just something about them that makes me feel happier. As a kid, I generally had a lot of dolls, so of course, I would have a persistent love for them. However, most of these dolls have not been manufactured by 2016 at the latest and they are typically very expensive and difficult to find without consulting a second-hand market. Collecting dolls — or things in general — is a great way to cope with current events going on, but not if it puts
you at financial risk.

Feeling happier amidst the pandemic, despite how boring and draining it has been, is better than anything. It especially helps when one needs to find the perfect way to restore your peace of mind. People even find themselves through dolls, like Instagram user @mamadeenaofficial who was able to express himself with Rainbow High Dolls and their fashion taste.

Being “stuck in the past” is not always a bad thing either. In fact, it can be a great coping mechanism for those who struggle with various issues from the past. Actively living in the moment of the early 2000s, however, is not ideal. One should not live in the past 24/7/365. Reliving the joyous moments you had back then should be just enough.

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