Retail therapy is a much-used term, but there are certainly benefits to be had. Here are just a few…
Coping with change is not always easy, but shopping can ease the transition. Whether you’re buying bedding from Next for a new home or an outfit for a new job from John Lewis, shopping can help you to move on to a new phase of your life. Shopping can become a vital part of your mental preparation for new situations, not least because you may well visualise how products you buy will be used as you shop. Just as elite athletes visualise success, this means that you too can boost your chances of success in the next chapter of your life.
Dress for Success
Whether you buy a new dress from New Look, trousers from Dorothy Perkins or a whole new outfit from Debenhams, shopping can give your confidence a boost. Of course, appearance should not be the be all and end all, but looking and feeling great can boost both your confidence and performance in all areas of your life.
Being creative or boosting the aesthetic appeal of your surroundings can give you a huge pleasure boost. It’s not always easy to define exactly why you like a particular item, but does it matter? If you buy something from The Entertainer or Selfridges that genuinely makes you feel happy, then its value is easy to see.
Escape and Entertainment
You don’t always need to dig deep to find the value of retail therapy. Sometimes the greatest benefit of a shopping spree at ASOS or a binge at Tesco can simply be the escape, relaxation and entertainment it provides.
Shopping can be a hugely social experience, especially if you enlist the help of a friend as you browse your favourite stores. It can cement friendships and build trust, whether you choose to trawl your local high street or simply browse online.