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Time to grab the photo album! How reliving memories can help save sanity in lockdown

A new study shows how taking a trip down memory lane can bring comfort during these uncertain times.

Even those who practice wellbeing on the regs will have faced the challenges that come with quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

And while socialising down the pub might seem like a little way off; it seems we can be doing something a little closer to home to keep our spirits up.

For nostalgia is the key to making us happy during lockdown.

According to a new study, taking a trip down memory lane can bring comfort and reassurance during these uncertain times, having a direct impact on happiness.

So, it’s time to dust those photo albums off and whack the old records on, to kickback with a visit to yesteryear.

The research, carried out by independent media agency the7Stars, has found that a whopping 44% of people are using nostalgia to elevate mood, alongside 41% using comfort, 32% turning to gratitude, and 31% choosing relaxation.

Helen Rose, the company’s Head of Insight and Analytics, explained: “When we carried out similar 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.

“In this new 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.”

Alongside reminiscing over snapshots, people are also turning to baking, listening to old music, and watching old TV shows to help them step back in time.

The reason humans tend to reflect on the past, is said to be because it reassures us.

Writing for Psychology Today, psychiatrist Neel Burton said: “Nostalgia can lend us much-needed context, perspective, and direction, reminding and reassuring us that our life (and that of others) is not as banal as it may seem, that it is rooted in a narrative, and that there have been, and will once again be, meaningful moments and experiences.

“No surprise, then, that nostalgia is more pronounced in uncertain times and times of transition or change.”

Just off to grab the wedding album while watching Titanic on DVD, then.

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