Online Shopping VS Mental Health

Maintaining healthy fashion shopping habits

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Online shopping sites have made shopping very convenient and easy. Today, It is very easy to buy clothing online with vast amounts without realising the huge impact it may have on your finances. Have you ever questioned your online shopping habits?

According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology in 2014, research studies have indicated that purchasing items helps people instantly feel happy and combats depression. Feel-good hormones are released when we shop and this explains why shopping is more than just a transaction; it serves as an emotional coping mechanism.

Despite the benefits and disadvantages mentioned above, online shopping can become an issue if not healthily managed.

So, where do you set the boundary? And what should be a sign of concern?

  • Over-spending
  • Finding it difficult to resist purchasing unnecessary items.
  • Making secret purchases or lying about online purchase deliveries
  • Always having some sort of fear of missing out on certain fashion trends.

Online shopping done mindfully can be positive.

Here are tips to assist:

Tip 1: Shop with a plan in mind

List what is needed before completing any purchases. Only buy what is on the list and resist the temptation to buy unnecessary items.

Tip 2: Set a reasonable budget:

Set aside an amount that covers your necessary expenses.

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Online shopping will always play a big part in our lives – its’ convenience and simplicity has made the idea of shopping fun.

Monitor your online shopping spending habits wisely. Make sure your shopping habits don’t turn into unhealthy shopping habits. The golden rule to this is buying fewer clothing items that are authentic quality. Buying fewer items helps you value what you buy.

Happy retail therapy!