Why you should embrace nostalgia during lockdown

Every expert in mindfulness will tell you the key to improving your mental health involves being present, and yet, that advice might not be valid during the coronavirus lockdown. Australian cricketer Pat Cummins poses with his cows at his property in Southern Highlands in Australia on April 13. Residents chime in while a bell rings across the village in remembrance of “Santa Vera Cruz” brotherhood known as “Los Picaos,” in San Vicente de La Sonsierra, Spain, on April 9. Spanish flamenco guitarist Joselito Acedo plays a guitar on his balcony during his confinement in Seville, Spain, on April 9. A couple run in the parking lot next to their house and in the courtyard in order to continue training in Livorno, Italy, on April 7. With looking to the future evoking a sense of uncertainty and the present causing feelings of stress, experts suggest that looking at the past might be the key to contentment amid COVID-19. The study of 2,000 British people discovered that looking back at the past - whether that’s by looking at old photos or playing music from our teenage years - left us feeling good. Happiness, comfort, gratitude and relaxation were all mentioned as emotional states that a good old trip down memory lane evoked. The researchers carried out a similar study on nostalgia last year and found that our parameters of where these nostalgic memories come from have widened while we’re in lockdown. “When we carried out our research last year, we found that music was a key nostalgia trigger for Brits, with one in five recalling an artist or band when looking back at a decade,” explained Helen Rose, head of insight and analytics. “In this wave of research, we’re seeing a much wider variety of cues making Britain nostalgic, and it includes a mixture of both practical and passive activities.”   Now, things like baking and listening to old music were second to other nostalgia triggers like watching old TV shows or rummaging through old photos.