While retail therapy is by no means a substitute for professional help or medication it can, in some cases, have a surprisingly positive impact. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “retail therapy” allow me to educate you. Retail therapy is the act of in store shopping or purchasing items online in order to boost your mood or improve your lifestyle. Retail therapy can include buying a gift for someone you know is down in the dumps, or purchasing a particularly cute pair of shoes after going through a bad break up. In most cases it’s just a mood boost but in other instances retail therapy can be the path towards real change. The first step towards something greater. In this article we’ll look at the surprising benefits of retail therapy and the situations in which it has its greatest impact.
Retail therapy can be used to help people going through difficult transitions especially those who have lost a loved one, are going through a stressful move, have been promoted to a position with more responsibility, or are going through a divorce. In these difficult transitions purchasing new items can be an effective strategy for mirroring change in a positive way. A great and simple example (one that most people have experienced in their lifetimes) is how when children start school — either for the first time or are going back after summer vacation — the transition is eased by getting new school supplies. It allows the children to feel better prepared, more in control, and gets them excited about something instead of focusing on their nerves. Those same benefits can be experienced by people going through even more difficult transitions like divorce or a move. In the cases of these more intense transitions purchasing things for a new life allows people to visualize and prepare, enabling them to feel more in control of their situation.
By now it should be obvious that so-called retail therapy can provide far more benefits than previously thought. It can be used as more than just a mere distraction to help get you through the day. Retail therapy can help you visualize a happier, healthier, new life in times when you need that most. One benefit that most people might not often think about is the socialization that shopping provides. Shopping with friends, both old and new, can be a great way to connect. It allows you to share interests, spend time together, and discover new things. Social connection is key to overall happiness and when you’re feeling down, depressed, or anxious it can be hard to seek the thing that may help you the most. Shopping is a great way for people you are socially anxious or have difficulty shaking their funk, to experience social interaction.
Of course one of the main ways people participate in retail therapy is by expanding their wardrobe. Buying clothes is a great way to boost confidence in remarkably noticeable ways. Expanding your wardrobe to include clothes that you feel better express who you are as a person is one way that you can begin realizing your full potential. Once you buy clothes that reflect your personality better you’ll see what I mean! Shopping at places like Express is a great way to find your inner style and unlock the many benefits of retail therapy.
Like I first mentioned at the beginning of this article, retail therapy is no true substitute for professional help. If you feel like you need a helping hand in a time of trouble, something that retail therapy can’t touch, don’t hesitate to reach out to a medical professional. That being said it is nice to know that retail therapy can offer a lot more than a simple mood boost. It can help ease difficult transitions, aid in visualization, help you build the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of, and even boost your confidence.