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Hack my nostalgia

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I feel intense nostalgia about times of my life, for example I'm just about to finish my first year of uni and move back home and I just feel intensely sad about it. I know that it's normal to feel that way but it's almost unbearable

I think nostalgia might be tied to anxiety because as one fluctuates the other follows, could this be right? I have been feeling low today

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on May 28, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Glad you're a fan!

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:07 AM

lol tolle .

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on May 26, 2012
at 08:20 PM

This is the *quintessential* nostalgia moment in you're life. It will pass :)

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on May 26, 2012
at 07:47 PM

I don't think nostalgia is a nutritional side effect; rather, I think it relates to being human.

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on May 26, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Embrace being human. Life is necessarily a sad and beautiful thing.

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on May 26, 2012
at 11:56 PM

I've described the last 3 years of my life(graduated highschool in '09) as bittersweet.

Everything is just so bittersweet. But you know what? That's alright, because life goes on.

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on May 26, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Aww, I always go on this site to poke around with Paleo nutrition, and was taken aback with this question because I can relate so well. (My first time actually writing on the site!)

I'm just like you, except I'm finishing my second year. Just yesterday I was taking a walk on the beach, thinking about how fast these two years have flown by. Memories of my blissful childhood flood to me especially when I go home. Part of it has to do with my sister's passing two years ago. The other part is terror with how fast time is flying by, wondering if I'm using it to the fullest, and wondering what the heck I'm going to do with myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm so passionate about life and thankful to be alive. I'm just a bit scared of growing up, leaving my life here in beautiful Santa Monica, where I had so many carefree, good times.

Someone said, that's the nature of life, I suppose!

You're not alone. May you find peace...Sending you good energy <3

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on May 26, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I live with an almost constant sense of nostalgia. It seems to be less a longing for a previous time of my life (though that is certainly a factor) and more a longing for a previous time of human existence, for a "home" (the Earth as it was prior to civilization) that no longer exists.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solastalgia

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on May 26, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I'm a big fan of Eckhart Tolle and a book he's written called "The Power of Now" a book that helps people to appreciate the things that are happening Now and how living in the past robs from your present. it can be a hard read, but you might find it really speaks to you and may give greater insight into your nostalgia.

Truth.

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:07 AM

lol tolle .

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on May 28, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Glad you're a fan!

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:43 AM

Nostalgia is usually triggered by stimulus and the process is similar to "anchoring" method in NLP.

The first thing you need to know is what it is and how to overcome it. In your case it is caused by trying to adapt to a new environment. It will take some time. I am going to post a link about culture shock, because what you are experiencing, even though it is the same culture, follows the same stages of emotional adjustment.

http://www.munich-business-school.de/intercultural/index.php/Culture_shock,_Re-Integration_and_Re-Entry_culture_shock_-_Managing_Cultural_Differences

My advice: just endure it - it will be over in a year or two.

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Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

on May 27, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I've described the last 3 years of my life(graduated highschool in '09) as bittersweet.

Everything is just so bittersweet. But you know what? That's alright, because life goes on.

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