Reasons Why You Can’t Stop Shopping + What To Do About It

Simply + Fiercely

As I walked through the front door, I took a deep breath and felt a sense of ease wash over me. There’s just something about department stores—don’t you think?

Things are very different now but for more than a decade, I was a shopaholic. Shoes, handbags, clothes, homewares—you name it! I know just how difficult it can be to change your shopping habits.

But the good news is it CAN be done. After years of struggle, I learned how to turn my life around and it all started with understanding the “why” behind my shopping addiction.

There’s an adrenaline rush, especially when you find a bargain. It feels good … and it’s a great way to escape from your everyday life.

You’re escaping from something.

A job you hate, a bad relationship, or a mess waiting for you at home. We all have things we want to avoid and what better way than by shopping?

The other day, Facebook reminded me of a post I shared almost a decade ago. It was a meme that read: “Life is short. Buy the shoes!”

You are surrounded by shoppers.

From social media influencers showing off “haul” videos to celebrities who never wear the same thing twice … we’re surrounded by people who normalise shopping.

This is a big one, my friends. Every time you shop, you aren’t really buying “stuff”. Instead, you’re buying a story.

You aren’t comfortable with who you are.

You aren’t comfortable with what you see in the mirror so you buy something new, hoping it will make you feel better about yourself.

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