Why Shopping Is Therapy

Why Shopping Is Therapy

 

What a girl wants. What a girl needs…. Shopping. That cardio exercise that gets the heart rate up gets you walking and gives your credit card an elevated debt. But hey it is an exercise that has some beneficial elements. Ones that we may not realise. That feel good factor. That focus on finding that perfect pair of shoes or dress. That wonder of what’s new in stores. Most of us stumble on items that we weren’t even looking for yet its the perfect accompaniment to that skirt or that necklace. Those little gems that we attain without even looking for it. That element of surprise that raises our happy hormones and serotonin. The bargin’s and the unexpected finds is what makes shopping that extra bit more fun. Retail therapy is just that. There is something quite therapeutic in having that time for you. For buying things that you like and make you feel better. Even if its just the wondering around and looking even without being on a mission to purchase something of need. Its the mere fact that you are shopping and there are the lights, music, labels,  items and the entire ambience that can trigger a sense of happiness and peace in you. Unaware, time passes so quickly. Your mind is focused and occupied. It is also a sense of wanting and having something. That attainable goal. Retail therapy is something that you do for you. It is an exercise we participate in whether it be for the love or to feel better. Many use shopping as a way to get them out of a sadden or depressive state. It is that energy of having something new or looking a new way other than your current state that it brings you to shop. Its lifting you into doing something and having something and more importantly into feeling a certain way. Its about change, the new, the transforming. Nothing does that better than shopping. Its that high. That rush. Even for a day, even for a moment. Its the feeling that comes with it. One woman  said it so bluntly, yet truthfully , “Break ups- bad  for the purse. Good for the economy.” This sentiment can be echoed by many the world over. That would be the therapy element of shopping. Important to do it within reason of course. As times have been changed significantly and the retail industry has suffered due to online shopping, it is still the fact that your walking into a shop, boutique, mall and the like that triggers certain effects in us that online wouldn’t be able to do. Online is digital. You are looking at something on a screen. You cant touch it, try it, have someone assist you about it. There is a dis association with online shopping. Even though that is where the bargin’s are  for many. There is a convenience to online shopping this is true. Some don’t have time to shop and to go out. Physically being at a store and connecting with people seeing  the product  items is all part of the experience. Its just not the feeling but the experience  that shoppers want. That is why its retail therapy.  Who doesn’t love it?

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