It was 09:30am, and as every morning for the last
two and a half years, I was absolutely ready.
A last look in the entrance mirror to confirm I
was looking perfect, then I took my handbag and
sunglasses, locked the door and walked to the
garage to take my car.
In ten minutes I arrived at the High Street, parked
my car and started my dramatic adventure.
I had chosen seven fashion shops, most suitable
to me, which I was visiting alternatively.
I started following my routine:
I was walking through the whole shop floor,
examining all clothes and choosing all that
Then I went to the changing rooms, and took my
time trying them all, checking every detail in the
mirrors around me, and finally choosing the
best to buy.
At the end, I went to the cashier’s counter and
paid for my selected items.
What an exhilarating experience…!
Sometimes, I repeated the whole process at
03:30 in the afternoon, in a different shop.
Those were the days……
Now my life has taken a new turn.
I have stopped shopping, almost completely,
unless I really need something.
Monkey On Back
Shopping is an extremely pleasant and satisfying
experience for many people.
Looking through these aisles full of beautiful
clothes …….. and all the shelves full of exquisite
shoes and handbags …….. trying and buying what you
like, and bring them home …….. taking them out
of their bags, removing the labels and price
tags …….. then trying to find the right storage
place for them ……..
So exciting !!!
Shopping is comforting, soothing, pleasing and
a lot of fun.
It gives you something interesting and entertaining
to do, when you do not work, and it takes your mind
off all other things.
I do like shopping — and there had been a few periods
in my life, when I was actually going around shops and
shopping centres every morning buying things.
But shopping can become addictive for many people,
and can cause a lot of problems, not only financial
but also personal and emotional.
Usually it happens when the individual ( mostly
female ) feels stressed, lonely, anxious, depressed, angry,
bored, guilty or fearful.
For the most part what people buy they do not need.
It can be anything, from clothes and accessories to
furniture, kitchen equipment and home decorations.
Terminating this retail therapy is all about self
control and changing your current circumstanes,
to give yourself a more interesting life.
This means, sit down, think carefully and make a
plan with various alternatives you can introduce
to your every day life.
Some examples are:
1) Register at a leisure club.
2) Take volunteer work.
3) Find a job.
4) Register at a class of your interest.
5) Register at a club of your interest.
6) Change city of living.
7) Change country of living.
8) Find a partner if you are alone.
9) Change your partner if you are not happy.
In the meantime, and until your life is actually
changed, try to keep your spending under control
by writing down all your daily expenses, in
comparison with your income or savings.
Also, try to buy only one item at a time to keep
your costs to a minimum, and still enjoy the experience.
Finally, if you adopt one or more of the above
mentioned suggestions, you will have a goal
This will take your mind off wasting your money
shopping for unnecesary items;
it will improve your emotional state;
and it will enhance your personal relationships.
Taking all the necessary steps will change your
life almost completely.
Take control of yourself and your whole life.