practical mental health wellness


Nostalgia Narratives

The best part of cleaning for me is finding old things I never really needed in the first place, tucked away.

Some of my favorite discoveries are items that are saturated with nostalgia. I really enjoy finding old mix-tapes.  In high school, a friend and I used to create mix cds for each other to share what we were listening to at that time in our lives and what was helping us push through.  Music brings me back to a specific time in life I forgot about, as the details of those life events often get lost in every day shuffle; pun intended.  

It seems that when I'm charged with the task to clean, I often have to take a break before I even start; just me? Finding nostalgic items then turns the 30 minute chore into a three-day apartment obstacle course. Briefly, nostalgia allows us to go back in time to place that no longer exists. I couldn’t help to question what it was about nostalgic items that provide the good feels. So naturally, I found this article that spells it out quite nicely: nostalgia increases a sense of social connectedness. A good move for self-care? Absolutely.

This got me thinking: How do you feed your memory bank? 

Positive Distraction of the week:

Find a piece of nostalgia to refuel this week. Here are a few self-care ideas: 
  1. Your nostalgia narrative can be a playlist from your youth
  2. An old yearbook
  3. Retro music videos on youtube (pro-tip: start with a specific song or year you remember and watch the sideline recommendations give you life) or
  4.  Maybe revisit that shoebox with old letters and photographs (remember the time we weren’t so digi)?

This week, let's fall into the vortex of nostalgia and experience the feels. Be sure to let me know how this works for you via comment below, share with a friend, and I’ll see you next Sunday for your weekly follow-up. Thanks for clicking in.

Best, Dr. Dyce