Nostalgia is a powerful feeling. It provides us with a sense of happiness and sentimental longing when we think about a fond memory from our past. Often when we reflect on old memories it can boost our mood and reduce stress. It has been shown that feelings of nostalgia can also help people feel valued, loved and enhances perceptions of social support when people are feeling lonely.
Listen To Old Music
Listening to music from your childhood can often take you back to a time of your youth. It could be a song from your favourite movie, musical or even just a popular song during your school years.
"Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past"
- Olga Kurylenko
Music can reconnect us to a special moment in time - you may find yourself sinking into beloved memories and feeling 18 all over again! Many studies have shown that nostalgia can be used as a mood elevating technique; increasing levels of happiness and strengthening social bonds. A fun way to start a wave of nostalgia is by creating a playlist for life on Storii. Gather all of your old favourite songs that revive fond memories and categorise them on your Storii account. You also have the option to categorise your playlists by decade or by genre - it's entirely up to you. Our next blog post will take you through the steps of how to create a playlist on Storii, so stay tuned.
Look at Old Photographs
Looking at old photos is another way to spark feelings of nostalgia. Photographs can often evoke emotions and allow you to relive your favourite moments. Retronaut is a great resource to find old historic photos which will allow you to reminisce by travelling back to a certain period in time. Alternatively, you can create your own life story and log your own thoughts, memories & moments that matter on Storii. This article (here) will help you organise and digitise your old photographs to store them in one secure, easily accessible place.
Watch Old Movies
Think back to your old DVD collection, which movies could you watch over and over again? A few of our favourites include Grease, Dirty Dancing and of course the Disney classics. Watching a movie from your childhood or even seeing an old TV commercial can certainly spark that feeling of nostalgia. The BBC's archive of TV nostalgia has some great TV programmes for you to have a look at for free that will certainly take you back.
Play An Old Fashioned Game
This is a fun activity to enjoy with your family that will give you the opportunity to share your love of your favourite childhood games. You could try playing an old fashioned game that was popular before technology took over. A few examples of outdoor games include; Chinese jump rope, hopscotch, hula hooping, roller skating or even a game of rounders. However, if you are wanting to stay indoors some great suggestions are cards, noughts and crosses or hangman.
Visit Your Old Neighbourhood
Having a drive or walk around your old neighbourhood will most likely stir some old emotions and memories of growing up. Have a look around the shops you used to visit and your favourite locations. Take in the details and observe how things have changed over the years.