Shopping influences your health
Shopping can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health. Buying items causes our body to produce hormones - adrenaline and cortisol, to raise heart rate and HRV levels. This can lead to feeling anxious and depressed afterward. In addition, shopping can also impact mental health by causing decision fatigue when we become so overwhelmed with choices that we start to feel mentally exhausted. In the future, it can lead to reduced productivity, decreased motivation, and even depression.
Shopping Releases Stress
When we are feeling stressed, discouraged, or just plain wrong, a little retail therapy can work wonders. There is scientific evidence to support the idea that shopping can relieve stress. One study found that participants who went shopping after a stressful event reported feeling less anxious and more favorable than those who didn't. Shopping lets us take our minds off our worries and focus on something positive.
Shopping Can Be Addictive
A little retail therapy can work wonders when feeling stressed, discouraged, or just plain wrong. Like any other addiction, compulsive spending disorder is characterized by cravings, preoccupation with the activity, and continued participation despite adverse consequences. Shoppers often feel out of control when shopping and may even spend money they don't have. If you think you have a problem with this, resources are available to help you get your life back on track.
Millions of people are already planning their shopping strategy for Black Friday, one of the year's busiest shopping days. But it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of finding good deals and making impulse purchases that leave you with buyer's remorse and a lighter wallet. To avoid this trap:
- Be mindful of your spending.
- Make a budget before you go shopping, and stick to it.
- Only buy items you were planning to buy, and resist the temptation to buy them impulsively just because they're on sale.
- If you need more clarification on a purchase, wait a day or two before making the decision. This method will help you avoid making any rash decisions.
- Try to shop with cash instead of using a credit card to stay mindful of your spending and avoid going over budget.
In choosing the products and promotions, we recommend you stand for the ones that will benefit your and your loved ones' health. Here are ideas for this year's gifts:
- Gym or class passes
- A fitness tracker or smartwatch
- Reusable water bottle or coffee mug
- Instant pot
- Yoga mat
Remember, by following these tips, you can avoid becoming caught up in the Black Friday madness and make sure that your holiday shopping is both enjoyable and affordable.