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How watching 'comfort' TV can help ease an anxiety flare up

https://www.today.com/health/watching-nostalgia-tv-has-psychological-benefits-experts-say-t157090

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How watching 'comfort' TV can help ease an anxiety flare up
Why nostalgia television like Friends, Seinfeld and Golden girls can help us feel better when we need to calm down or have anxiety.

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Watching old sitcoms

Watching old sitcoms

Many people turn to favourite old sitcoms like "The Golden Girls," or "Seinfeld" to unwind and deal with anxiety and mild depression.

Experts say laughing along with favourite old sitcoms can help us feel calm and happy in an increasingly chaotic world.

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The nostalgia TV

Watching our favourite old TV shows satisfies our nostalgic need. It's comforting, such as a hug from your mom or dad.

That leap back in time reminds us that we're still essentially the same people. It brings back memories and feelings of the friends you had back then and the fun times you had. When we're bonding with new friends over our love for these old programs, we feel connected even more.

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