Many people (mostly women) love to go shopping. In fact, they prefer to go shopping whenever they feel that they are plagued with stress and anxiety. There is just something about shopping that relieves a lot of women from stress. However, shopping can also exacerbate your symptoms of stress and to prevent this from happening, here are some helpful tips to make shopping even more stress-relieving for you:
Know your budget
Shopping can bring much relief to people especially when everything is bought according to budget. When you know that your main purpose for shopping is to find relief from stress, you should be firm enough when setting the amount of money that you are willing to spend. If possible, leave your credit cards at home to avoid the tendency to overspend.
Decide what to buy
Before leaving home for a shopping spree make sure that you have decided what to buy. Make sure that whatever it is that you will buy it will be good enough to relieve you from stress. It does not matter whether you want to buy a new dress or a gadget for as long as it is within your budget and it is something that you really want to buy. This is to ensure that you will not end up regretting what you bought.
Shopping becomes even more fun if you are wearing your most comfortable clothes and shoes. Avoid shopping with high-heeled shoes otherwise you will only run the risk of exacerbating your anxiety and stress. Wear your flat shoes so you will not easily become tired and your feet will not hurt even if you shop for a couple of hours.
Be wary about “SALE”
Never fall into the trap of SALE items. A lot of shoppers would find themselves overspending and their credit card bills skyrocketing just because they gave in to these sales tricks. Before you decide to buy an item that is on sale, think twice first. Try to assess whether it is something that you really need. If not, leave it for others to buy. If you see something that is sold at a discounted price and you think that you will not be able to use it in the near future, stay away from it.
Just window shop
If you think that you have nothing important to buy, just window shop. Visiting different stores and looking at different items from one aisle to another may serve as your exercise. Window shopping gives you a break from your sedentary lifestyle which only makes you vulnerable to anxiety and stress. This will also give you the chance to compare prices thereby helping you become a wise shopper.
Shopping only becomes a stress-reliever when you see to it that you make yourself inspired with the beautiful things you see. Never get frustrated if you find that there is something you want but you cannot afford to have. However, use this as an inspiration for you to work hard. Never let yourself be hindered with stress but rather see to it that you give your best shot all the time so that you will become more productive and more financially capable to buy what you want.
Shop with friends
Shopping with your friends will prove to be a great stress reliever. It is not necessary that you buy something when you go out for shopping. Sometimes, you just go out for the sake of being in a company of your friends. Spending some time with them will make it easier for you to laugh and forget about your troubles for the meantime. Once tired, you may decide to have dinner at your favorite restaurant and continue to exchange some funny stories with your friends. You will then realize once you get back home that you are much more relieved from stress.
There is so much more to shopping that makes people feel good. Just make sure to avoid retail therapy or the habit of buying things in an impulse. When shopping is done with a firm and disciplined mind, it can bring much relief from stress.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life in writing articles that will help people in coping with anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depression. You can read more of his writings at Calm Clinic.
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