How To Curb Your Compulsive Shopping 8 Ways

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Take control of your unhealthy shopping habits now by implementing the following into your life…

Somebody tells you there’s a shoe sale going on at your favorite store. Today’s been a hectic day and new high heels is just what you need to soothe yourself! You head over to the mall and max out your credit card on a pair of stylish red slingbacks. While your friend gives you a disapproving look, you wonder if you are overdoing it. It is true that you own more footwear than a celebrity.

Most women love to shop, but something’s not right if you believe you need it or if you can’t seem to stop buying stuff. Perhaps it has brought you trouble with money, family or friends. It has gotten out of hand and you wonder what you can do.

Luckily, here are 8 ideas that can help you:

  • First of all, you have got to admit you have a shopping-related problem. Stop blaming your tiresome job or your hypercritical mother: It is up to you to get back on track.
  • Add up all the money you owe to friends, family, credit cards, etc. Make a payment plan and stick to it!
  • Think about which issues prompt you to shop. It can be something external, like the sight of a sale at an awesome makeup counter; or internal, like boredom, sadness, or work-related stress.
  • The next step is to take control of these matters. For a few weeks, avoid going to places which trigger your desire to purchase things. For example, when you are bored or stressed, don’t go to the mall. Instead, set off to the park or engage in yoga classes, reading, a new hobby or talking to someone.
  • Only go shopping when you definitely need something and leave your credit and debit cards at home. Take only the cash you need.
  • As days go by and your craving to shop diminishes, little by little you can start going back to the “high-risk” places. If you are tempted to acquire stuff, switch your attention to something else.
  • Reward yourself when you reach little victories, but wait… not by buying a great purse to add to your collection! It should be an activity you like, but don’t do often, for example, a bubble bath, a special evening with your boyfriend, visiting a friend you have not had time to see, etc.
  • Remember you are creating more useful habits. Keep the new commitments that have helped you (for example, friends you now see on a regular basis, your after-work guitar lessons or the books you set out to read). Aim for permanent changes.

In conclusion, these are powerful suggestions that can work for you. Let me know how you are doing! Please leave your comments below.

P.S…. If your compulsive shopping is causing you overwhelming stress, sadness or serious problems with friends/family, please talk to your doctor. There is treatment available.


Dr. Jessica Diaz-Nagel

I am a bilingual psychiatrist, writer, and life coach from Caracas, Venezuela. I love helping people, reading, and writing on different health topics. In my spare time I like to take long walks, learn new things, and travel.