Different ways to relieve stress


As we identified in our previous blog posts, one of the major factors leads people to shop is relieving stress. In this blog posts, we will help you to find other different ways to relieve stress.

Stress, literally, is a personal response to a stressor such as an environmental condition or a stimulus. In particular, stress is a way of reacting to a challenge. People live in 21st century society of fast-paced and technological, which make them feel under stress. In order to relieve those different stresses, either from workplace or family, people (especially women) tend to do shopping escape from the real work temporarily. In addition, there is statistics shows women were twice as likely as men to use retail shopping a method to cope with stress.

Shopping when you are stressed can become an addiction such as drugs and alcohol. In a biomedical way to explain why shopping can relieve stress is because shopping releases endorphin, which reflects good feeling in people’s brain. However, with an excessive shopping, there is another problem, financial instability. Therefore, doing shopping is neither a smart nor effective way to relieve stress.

Next, we will introduce some other methods that can help you to relieve your stress towards this urban society. The tips are laughter, music therapy and exercises. Firstly, the action of laughing releases nerves and brings positive mood changes. For example, in order to find a way to stress relief, you can watch funny TV shows such as Mr. Bean.

Also, music is another technique can allow you to become more positive. This is a way of enjoyable and easy to stress relief. In addition, there is a formal music therapy session which essentially targets the issues of stress-related.

Moreover, doing exercise is an optimistic way that helps you relieve stress. For example, Yoga combines breathing exercises and meditation, which makes you initially stress relief. Also, take a walk is also another potent stress reliever.


Reasons behind compulsive shopping

In the previous blog post, we defined the term “shopaholic” and discussed the different symptoms of a shopaholic. In this blog post, we will be discussing about the reason behind compulsive shopping and provide tips and assistance for shopaholic.


The most causes for compulsive shopping are psychological. Compulsive shoppers maybe have emotions of loneliness, depression, feel out of control in particular area, and seek to spend money in order to relieve the stress. Therefore spending addiction is a symptom or warning sign that there are deep-rooted feelings one is trying to avoid facing. Therefore by shopping help numb those troubling feelings for just a while. The following are some psychological conditions which associated with compulsive shopping which includes:

  • Emotional deprivation in childhood
  • Inability to tolerate negative feelings, pain, loneliness, boredom, depression, fear, anger
  • Need to fill an inner void – empty and longing inside
  • Excitement seeking
  • Approval seeking
  • Perfectionism
  • Genuinely impulsive and compulsive
  • Need to gain control

Some behaviours and emotions have been associated with as potential causes of shopping addiction including:

  • A reaction to disappointment, stress, anger or fear by shopping
  • A feeling that one’s spending habits are out of control and are causing friction or conflict in one’s family, relationship
  • Feeling a sense of euphoria as well as anxiety while shopping
  • Experiencing a sense of getting away with something forbidden while shopping
  • Feeling severe guilt or remorse about having gone shopping, especially if it contradicts promises made to one’s self or a loved one
  • Buying things that are never or almost never used—in other words, buying for no reason other than to spend

Getting help

People suffering from compulsive buying disorder can seek shopping addiction treatment from a treatment center, therapist or psychologist despite the lack of a quantified, well-defined diagnosis since the underlying issues are indeed psychological.

There following are some treatments for compulsive shopping:

  • Reduce temptations
  • Make lists before going to the store; buy what you need only
  • Take a trusted friend
  • Wait so many hours before purchase
  • Do you need this or do you just want it?
  • Develop other ways to handle emotions
  • Develop fun things to do
  • Learn to ride through urges and preoccupations
  • Develop habits in stores



Are you a shopaholic?

In the previous blogs, we have identified the different types of shopping; and we focused on the recreational and impulse shopping. In the following blog posts, we will be discussing the truth about shopaholics, the causes and ways to shop wise if you are a shopaholic.

According to the dictionary online, shopaholic could be defined as “a person who shops compulsively or very frequently”. Shopaholics could also be known as compulsive shoppers or shopping addicts, which may suffer from a psychiatric disorder which known as compulsive buying disorder. All additions have the same basic symptoms such as obsession, compulsion, loss of control and continued use in the face of negative consequences. Primarily, compulsive shopping thought to be mainly affect women. However, it is now believed that affect both genders equally.


According to the research by Australian Psychological Society, found out that the figures released by the Australian Consumers’ Association reveal that almost half of all the Australian households are in debt. And there is an increasing number of compulsive shopping. In fact, recent research found out that one in 12 Australian shoppers are suffering this disorder. Let’s have a look at the most five common symptoms of a shopaholic.

1. Shopping causes intense feelings

Suffering from compulsive buying disorder would have a sense of excitement before a purchase, an inability to resist the urge to shop and a rush or sense of reward while shopping, despite any negative consequences of their actions.

2. Shopping despite feelings of distress and guilt

People may have feelings of anxiety or tension while they try to resist the urge to shop.

3. Spending is impulsive and excessive

Compulsive shoppers are more likely to shop excessively and impulsively, typically making their purchases on credit.

4. Financial problems and big debt

5. Spending causes relationship problems

Compulsive shoppers often have problems in personal relationships as well as financial issues. According to research by the World Psychiatric Association found that nearly 70% of compulsive shoppers admitted that their behaviour based problems in their relationships.

Don’t worry if you are a shopaholic, but be a wise one! In the upcoming blog posts, we will be discussing about the different factors leading people to shop unwisely and tips to shop wisely. Please stay tuned with Shopwise Shopaholic! 🙂