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What the Hobby Does for YouWhat the Hobby Does for You

siphrysiphryVor 1 JahrDiary
Recently I packed up all my figures to move back home, and in the process sold off two of my three Detolf cases in order to upgrade to the Billy and Morliden combo. Since then I have NOT unpacked a vast majority of my figures since I haven't been able to get my butt up to Ikea now that I'm much further away. Because of this I noticed something about the hobby that I didn't quite grasp until having been tossed into this situation --

My collection is a HUGE de-stresser for me. Just being able to look at and enjoy my collection really lowers my stress levels. While setting up my new figures, ordering, buying (well, sometimes), and the anticipation of new arrivals generally causes slight stress (I KEEP BREAKING THEM DAMNIT, or USPS delays)...it's all outweighed by the joy I obtain by looking at my figures. I'm not sure if it's the cuteness overload or being surrounded by characters I enjoy, but it just really calms me down in the back of my mind. Not having everything set up is stressing me out! >.<

So, while I always thought I just enjoyed owning super cute nendoroids and video game scales, turns out the hobby actually helps me in other ways too.

What does this hobby mean to you? Does it destress you like it does for me? What do you get out of this hobby?
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ChocolateSpider gave me the idea of using risers. It something I will invest in soon.
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willyg1982 (Vor 1 Jahr) #26339911Collecting is an de-stresser for me too.
As I build my collection, I was thinking where I'm going to fit everything? Then I decided I can install wall shelves. I have them covering my whole room.


That is also a conundrum for me. I have quite a few pre-orders and both my Billy cases are fairly full...and walls covered with posters or bookshelves of books. I will definitely invest in some risers eventually for my nendos and that will save tons of space. I've gone a little crazy with my orders this year...
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Collecting is an de-stresser for me too.

As I build my collection, I was thinking where I'm going to fit everything? Then I decided I can install wall shelves. I have them covering my whole room.
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piyochan (Vor 1 Jahr) #17571633It's definitely a stress reliever. I really really love window shopping and planning out wishlist items, that's my jam d=(´▽`)=b

Oh man I window shop for figures all the time ~~ really in a figure kick after all those Wonfes announcements! Trying to find all the new figures so I can plan out my wishlist better haha



Yoyo (Vor 1 Jahr) #17469440...This blog made me realize why I felt so uncomfortable in my room. I had packed all my figures because I was going to move, but it went horribly wrong (I had an awful fight with my roommate) and I ended up back with my parents. When I was reading this blog I realized that it didn't really feel as my room without my figures. Now I unboxed a few of my favorites and I honestly feel a lot better.

I'm glad my post helped you out!! I've been VERY SLOWLY unpacking since I finally got my new display shelf set up. Put up my Haikyuu!! nendos at least~~~ So much happier already. Now I wish I only collected scales cuz they are so much easier to set up and tear down!
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piyochan aka xenetes
It's definitely a stress reliever. I really really love window shopping and planning out wishlist items, that's my jam d=(´▽`)=b
Plus the items have a purpose. I love to draw so I use my artbooks all the time, and my collection provides me with inspiration which is the most important thing.
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...This blog made me realize why I felt so uncomfortable in my room. I had packed all my figures because I was going to move, but it went horribly wrong (I had an awful fight with my roommate) and I ended up back with my parents. When I was reading this blog I realized that it didn't really feel as my room without my figures. Now I unboxed a few of my favorites and I honestly feel a lot better. It's kinda weird, my room is still a huge mess and I've always disliked it being a mess. But now with a few figures back up it seems a lot less bad.
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Tlammy (Vor 1 Jahr) #17430425Makes me poorer.

Ahahah yeah, that's true...I spend about $150 a month of figures...

Gabriel (Vor 1 Jahr) #17446576Plus, it's nice to have upcoming things to be excited about. It's nice to be active in my collection whether it be experimenting with the best way to display my treasures

Yeah it's always so exciting ordering a new figure and then finally getting to pay for it months later, even though it sucks to actually spend the money, that's one of the best parts! Knowing that it'll finally ship after such a long time :)

KuroUchiha (Vor 1 Jahr) #17432163Distraction from all my problems. It gives me something to look forward to. Having something to look forward to is the only thing that's keeping me sane. I find this hobby very comforting, whenever I'm depressed I look for merchandise I can buy. It's sorta like food, a real stress reliever.

If I browse released figures too much, I end up finding too many things I want to back-collect. If I look at too many upcoming figures, I end up with too many pre-orders!! Trying really hard to also NOT start watching new shows because they have cute nendoroirds/figures (I've done that twice now...).
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spaceattorney (Vor 1 Jahr) #17431943It's definitely a good stress reliever! And it just makes me happy in general; it can improve my mood a lot to sit for a few minutes and just relax and admire my collection :> It's also exciting to get packages in the mail and unbox figures, or to see announcements for new things you really want! And sometimes a little retail therapy is good for relieving stress too, as long as what you're stressed about isn't your finances :v
But it definitely can add a bit of stress... like when I feel like I've spent too much in one month, or if I can't find a good deal on something I really want ;; but I think the net effect on my mental health is definitely positive, or else I probably wouldn't enjoy collecting as much as I do!


I'll echo this post in particular.

I'm a classic introvert. Just being around people stresses me out and makes me feel mentally and physically exhausted. It's nice to get home and be able to sit and look at my figures, valkyries, and dolls.

Plus, it's nice to have upcoming things to be excited about. It's nice to be active in my collection whether it be experimenting with the best way to display my treasures or just dressing up one of the Dollfies in their newest outfits.

This morning I submitted my payment for the Myethos Queen of Hearts I ordered ages ago. Soon she'll be here! Where will I display her? What figure will be retired from the display to make space for her? It's a good kind of stress: fun stress instead of unpleasantness.
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Distraction from all my problems. It gives me something to look forward to. Having something to look forward to is the only thing that's keeping me sane. I find this hobby very comforting, whenever I'm depressed I look for merchandise I can buy. It's sorta like food, a real stress reliever.
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It's definitely a good stress reliever! And it just makes me happy in general; it can improve my mood a lot to sit for a few minutes and just relax and admire my collection :> It's also exciting to get packages in the mail and unbox figures, or to see announcements for new things you really want! And sometimes a little retail therapy is good for relieving stress too, as long as what you're stressed about isn't your finances :v

But it definitely can add a bit of stress... like when I feel like I've spent too much in one month, or if I can't find a good deal on something I really want ;; but I think the net effect on my mental health is definitely positive, or else I probably wouldn't enjoy collecting as much as I do!
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