Many people have a love/hate relationship with shopping. Some can’t wait to go out and spend their money, while others dread the idea of going into a store for any reason. This article breaks down what’s going on in our brains when we shop, and how to make it more enjoyable.
Shopping is an activity that most adults partake in at some point or another during their lives, but not all enjoy it equally. In this blog post I will break down what is happening inside your brain when you are shopping and offer tips for making the experience more enjoyable!
When we shop, dopamine is released into our brains. This chemical can affect your mood and influence you to spend more money than you initially intended to. The same chemicals are also triggered when using drugs or alcohol, so the experience of shopping may feel similar in some ways! If this sounds like something that happens a lot for you, try going shopping with a friend, and make it an activity you enjoy doing together.
Shopping is one of those activities that seems simple on the surface but can actually be very complex when we begin to examine what’s going on in our brains during this behavior! Here are some tips for making shopping more enjoyable: try not bringing your credit cards or money to the store, shop in a budget and stick to it, don’t go shopping when you’re hungry or tired.
Instead of going out for lunch one day make yourself a quick sandwich at home to take with you on your trip to the grocery story! Everyone has their own unique triggers that lead them down the path towards overspending while shopping, so try to identify yours and decide what you can do instead.
When shopping for new clothes take a friend with you who has your best interests at heart! This person should be willing to tell you when something doesn’t look good on you or isn’t in line with the budget that was set before heading out into stores. Try splitting up in the store to browse for a few minutes, then meet up again and share what you’ve found with each other. This is a great way to avoid buying something that may not work when it’s paired with items already in your wardrobe.