Nostalgia. Love it.
What takes you back to a particular event or time spent with friends?
Is it music, photos, or certain smells?
Why do we hanker more than ever for nostalgia now?
Because those feelings, those warm memories of times past help us to deal with the current pain, sadness, grief and trauma associated with living at the time of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. It’s a form of self-soothing, that, unlike comfort eating doesn’t cause us to put on weight. It enhances those feelings of social connectedness, of having a sense of purpose and meaning.
In other words, it’s a great resource for our psychological health and wellbeing.
It helps us to regulate negative emotional states.
Perfect for when living in the challenging time of a global pandemic.