Professor Pete Alexander

Stress Relief Tool – Find Something Nostalgic

A simple candy, toy or photo that reminds you of a happy time may be all you need to reduce your stress.

There is a specialty candy shop not far from where I live, and every time I walk in there, I’m reminded of my favorite childhood treats. As soon as I pick up one of those candies and read the label, I immediately get nostalgic. Interestingly, those proficient at reminiscing—looking back on happy times, rekindling joy from happy memories—are best able to buffer stress.1

Is there an old toy you have from your childhood sitting in a box waiting to comfort you? Maybe it is an old photo album you haven’t looked through in years. Or maybe you just need a bite of your favorite childhood candy. You can probably find anything that brings up positive nostalgia for you simply by Googling it.


  1. Lyubomirsky, S. – The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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