Shopping Addiction Help Tips

Shopping addiction is much like many other addictions in
that it can cause the affected individual to feel lost, out of control, or
hopeless. For many, they may realize that their shopping is out of control yet
feel powerless to stopping. If you are suffering from compulsive spending, here
are some helpful tips.

Identify Triggers

The first step to curbing your spending is to identify your
triggers, whether they are internal or external. Some internal triggers may be
anxiety, stress, troubling relationships, etc. If you are easily enticed by
fancy ads with “Just Arrived,” “New,” or “free gift with purchase,” you may
have external triggers.  You may have a
combination of internal and external triggers but the important things to know
here is that recognizing them is the first step towards being able to avoid
your triggers.

Learn to Cope

If you know you have a shopping addiction and you are trying
to get it under control, it may be helpful to employ some coping skills. If you
find that you are highly impulsive with purchases, make a deal with yourself
not to buy something for a certain number of days. While many people like to
employ the 30-day rule, it may be helpful to start with a more attainable goal
of 5 or 7 days. By waiting to buy something for a period of time, you may find
that you don’t want the item at the end of that time thus curbing your
spending.

Dodge Temptation

So you’ve identified some of your triggers and learned some
coping skills but you’re still struggling to cut down on your impulsive
spending. If spending is still a struggle for you, it might be the most helpful
to avoid temptation all together.

Ask for Help

It’s never a bad thing to ask for help. If you’re concerned
you or a loved one has a shopping addiction, asking for help can break that addiction.

Reference

NA. ”How to Find Help Treating a Shopaholic”. PsychGuides. (Website).2015.

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