We all know the feeling. Youâ€™ve had a long day at work, youâ€™re tired, and all you want to do is relax. So you head to the mall, or browse online retailers, in search of that perfect something that will make you feel better. But after an hour or two of browsing, youâ€™re no closer to finding what you want, and youâ€™re feeling even more stressed out than before.
Why does this happen? Because shopping has become a form of procrastination. We use it as a way to avoid the things we should be doing, like spending time with our families, or working on our hobbies. We think that by buying something, weâ€™ll be happier, but the truth is, we just end up feeling guilty and stressed out.
Here are some of the benefits of spending less time shopping and more time living:
1. Youâ€™ll save money.
This one is obvious. If youâ€™re not spending money on unnecessary things, youâ€™ll have more money to save or spend on things that are truly important to you.
2. Youâ€™ll have more time for the things you love.
We all have hobbies and interests that weâ€™d like to pursue, but never seem to have the time for. By spending less time shopping, youâ€™ll have more time to focus on the things youâ€™re passionate about.
3. Youâ€™ll reduce your carbon footprint.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. By spending less time shopping, youâ€™ll be doing your part to help reduce the negative impact fashion has on the environment.
4. Youâ€™ll feel less stressed.
Shopping can be a form of stress relief for some people, but it can also be a source of stress. If youâ€™re constantly worrying about money, or feeling guilty about your purchases, itâ€™s time to cut back.
5. Youâ€™ll be more present.
When youâ€™re not focused on shopping, youâ€™ll be more present in the moment and able to enjoy the things that are happening around you. You may even find that you have more patience for the people in your life.
If youâ€™re ready to break the shopping habit, start by setting a budget and sticking to it. Make a list of the things you need, and only buy whatâ€™s on that list. When youâ€™re feeling the urge to shop, take a moment to ask yourself why youâ€™re doing it. Is it because youâ€™re bored, or because youâ€™re actually in need of something?
If you find that youâ€™re spending more time than youâ€™d like shopping, it may be time to take a break. Go on a shopping detox, and see how you feel after a week or two. You may be surprised at how much better you feel without the constant need to shop.