Here’s the second phase of my Confessions of a Shopaholic series. In my previous post, I briefly mentioned the reason why people shop. But in order to break, the shopping habit we need to know why we started the habit in the first place.
People shop to award themselves, which is probably the healthiest one because this implies that they are saving and working towards a certain award rather than buying something on impulse (which I mostly do…).
People shop to relieve stress. We all need a break sometimes. We are not robots, no matter how much we think that we can do, we always need a break. We’re human. It’s a fact that we can’t change. And a stress reliever is always important. However, there are many alternatives to shopping, like exercise, which will release some endorphins. Or even try yoga or meditation to release all that negative energy and breathe in some positive energy.
People shop to avoid larger problems. People get stressed, tired, and depressed over a large problem, but rather than working to resolve that problem, they turn to retail therapy. And this is a dangerous road to start on. Because before you know it, that credit card bill will show up or those monthly bills will show up and you won’t have the money to pay for any of it. You’ll be even more stress and more down than you were before. So, don’t let yourself continue down the road you’re on.
And when we’re shopping, especially impulsively buying things. We believe at that moment, we need it. Like the woman in the picture. But we don’t. Before we buy things, we should walk away from it, wait a week or so and if we’re still thinking about it. Then we buy it, that way we don’t fall in to the trap of “I need it now,” and then have wit just sit in our closets collecting dust.
I’m not going to let myself get down that road. Buying things once and a while is alright, but continually is a problem. To make some money, I’m going to sell some of my clothes on Poshmark. I’m going to donate any old clothes I don’t need. I’m going to organize my closet and see for myself how much clothes I have because honestly, there are days where I just don’t want to know. Then, I’m going to clean my room and put my life together. I will learn to work out more, eat healthier, and let things go because I can’t control everything, no matter how hard I try. And that is a hard fact to learn. There is no point in stressing myself out over something that is just out of my control. So, I’m going to “Let it Go.” (Who else has that song from Frozen stuck in your head every day?)
Well that’s the end of my rant. It only takes two weeks to break a habit. And I know I can do it. And you can do it too! If you like these types of posts, don’t forget to like it on Bloglovin and subscribe for more installments to this series!
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