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How shopping can temporarily reduce stress

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Monica Mitchell
I am the junior journalist at Restic Magazine, covering anything shopping related. I also cover the jewelry business and write regularly for the world's finest newspapers and magazines. I travel the world in search of cutting-edge new innovations and behind-the-scenes news about people, products and the places they go.

We all know someone like this, when they get stressed they go on shopping sprees. Maybe you are even guilty of this yourself. You’re not alone, with many people among the population who do the same thing when they’re feeling stressed. There are numerous reasons why shopping can temporarily reduce stress. But why does buying a new item of clothing or a new appliance to improve your life make us feel less stressed?

Here are some reasons why shopping can temporarily reduce stress.

It gets you out of isolation

Being in isolation can make any of us feel alone, stressed and anxious.

For some being stuck in your isolated all day with no interaction with others may seem appealing, but for most people, this is not an ideal situation.

Whenever you go out shopping, you are surrounded by people and social interactions. All this social interaction and surrounding bustle can distract your mind, and take away from any stress or anxiety you are feeling.

Temporary happiness when buying a new item

Purchasing materialistic goods isn’t a long term fix for any underlying issues you may be having in your life, however it is a short term quick fix for any current stress you are feeling. Buying something new can make us feel like we are slightly improving our lives and subsequently our current situation, which can help to reduce stress.

Getting together with friends or family

Shopping is often a fun escapade with friends or family, and acts as a social gathering as much as it is a shopping trip. This helps people to take their minds off whatever they’re feeling at the time, and can as a result reduce stress.

Shopping is a temporary fix used to reduce stress or anxiety in our current situation. It is healthy to practice some shopping trips, in order to keep our social interaction up and our moods high.

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