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Shopping and Stress: How to Go Without It

By Virginia Laird

Holiday shopping can prove to be a stressful event for even those who love to hit the mall. Health and wellness experts suggest that taking special caution to prevent unwanted stress can keep your mental health at its best. Rather than allowing holiday shopping to get you down, consider advice from the experts, including:

  • Avoid shopping on the weekends
  • Wear comfy clothing
  • Stick to your budget

Avoid Shopping on the Weekends

Research suggests that many experience holiday anxiety while trying to get their lengthy list complete. One thing is for certain about shopping during the holidays and that is the weekends are brutal. Health and wellness experts suggest those who want to leave the stress behind should plan to do holiday shopping on days other than the weekend. These professionals advise that the earlier you get your shopping list completed, the less chance you will have for experiencing a great amount of stress. With just a few weeks left till Christmas it is time to complete that list.

Wear Comfy Clothes

Spending long amounts of time in clothes which are uncomfortable can do little to help reduce the stress on your mind and body. For this reason, health and wellness experts suggest that those who plan to spend hours shopping should do so comfortably. It is advised that the best clothes include a good pair of tennis shoes. Research indicates that not only will dressing comfortable help your emotions, it can also keep you from spending money just to get your list done. Instead you may find that you have the patience to look for the deals and make the best choices for those you love.

Stick to a Budget

One sure reason for struggling with stress throughout the holidays is financial. With a host of people to buy for, parties to attend, and desserts to cook, it is easy to get lost in the idea of spending. Research suggests that far too many are willing to go into debt to enjoy the holiday season. Some feel the urge to spend big in an effort to prove how much they care for others.  Rather than allowing you to do the same, which inevitably increases your stress, experts admit that sticking to a budget is a great plan to avoid unnecessary stress. It is suggested that no matter your budget you find a way to stick to it.

Now you are ready to tackle your holiday shopping! See you at the mall!

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