I used to think that retail therapy was just something girls made up as an excuse to go shopping. BUT, I have since come to find that retail therapy is my favorite kind of therapy. Sometimes you hear people say that they feel good until they see their credit card bill, but I rarely experience that buyer’s remorse—and not because my bank accounts are loaded, because they are definitely not. But the only time I have buyer’s remorse is when I buy something and then find out or realize it’s not as awesome as I thought it was.
HOWEVER, in normal situations, I only spend on things I really want, things that make me really happy, and will keep me really happy for years to come. It could be shoes, it could be a music box, or books. So you see, there’s a way to do retail therapy without the buyer’s remorse, because every time I look at the purchased item it makes me happy. Every time I realize that I’ve been using a purse for 10 years and it’s just as fabulous as it was when I bought it, I feel magnificent. Isn't that what therapy is supposed to do for you?
Plus, whenever I think of retail therapy I think of a really funny story about a good friend of mine, who is not normally a shopper. She doesn't enjoy shopping at all. She only shops out of necessity. But when she was in the midst of intensive bar prep, she said she went to Nordstrom Rack during her lunch break, and bought ten pairs of shoes then ran to whatever fast food place was on the way so that she could eat on her way back to school.
So you see, retail therapy is not just an excuse to spend money; it really does have therapeutic benefits. It’s important to treat yourself a little every now and then, because you’re special and you matter. Just don’t abuse it, because there’s therapy and then there’s the need to attend Shopaholics Anonymous.
BIG LOVE & HUGS