Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Are You A Shopaholic? Signs & Remedies

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We are all familiar with the idea of retail therapy, indulging ourselves, and treating ourselves every once in awhile. There’s nothing wrong with that, either; sometimes, if you’ve had a rough day, buying yourself a little something to put a smile on your face is perfectly acceptable.

However, it’s from this attitude that real problems with shopping can begin. A shopping addiction might not sound like that big of a problem, but in reality, it can wreak untold damage on the rest of your life. If you -- or someone you know -- ever finds themselves in the grip of shopaholic tendencies, it might be worth keeping the below in mind.

Signs of Shopping Addiction

Shopping addiction is an emotional problem with a practical response; a way of funding a lifestyle to help cover for deeper issues of sadness and depression. This unique combination means the signs of a shopping addiction manifest in a number of different ways:

  • If something bad happens in your life, your first thought is that you want to buy something to cheer yourself up.
  • You see shopping as a hobby, not as a way of fulfilling specific needs in your life.
  • If you set yourself a budget, you always seem to exceed it.
  • You have cancelled plans or missed work in preference of a day spent shopping.
  • You buy things that you don’t use or wear, but you don’t return them either.
  • You’re particularly attracted to bargains and sales, even if you don’t have any particular use for the items on offer.

Possible Effects Of Shopping Addiction

There are all sorts of impacts that shopping addiction can have on your life, but by far the most worrying is in terms of your finances.

If you find yourself struggling to make payments, damaging your credit score and needing to scour creditrepair.co to find solutions, or even taking out cards with the express intent of buying more -- then you’ve got a problem. People with shopping addiction have a tendency to find themselves in debt as a result of their problem, struggling to pay their monthly bills. If any of this is true -- and especially if you used to be rather fiscally responsible -- then it’s a red alert that something is amiss.

How To Manage Shopping Addiction

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As with any addiction, the best treatment for shopping addiction is therapy. You’re going to need to understand the emotional reasons that push you to overspend, which can be a difficult -- but beneficial -- process to unlock. Talking to family and friends is also beneficial.  CBSNews.com has a few other vital tips you can use to reduce your dependence on shopping.  If you pair these steps alongside working with a therapist to address the underlying issues, then you should be able to move past the addiction eventually.

So while shopping addiction is not the worst thing in the world, it can have several knock-on effects that could impact your life in a multitude of ways. Your life can change for the better, if you’re willing to make the changes necessary to recover.

Do you have shopaholic tendencies? What is your most regretted purchase that you did in a whim? Comment down below.

xoxo,
Therese
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