So you've had a bad day. You're feeling kind of down and want to take your mind off your looming deadline, your overly demanding boss, or your unreasonable co-worker. What do you do?
You head to the mall. That's right. You engage in a little retail therapy. After all, studies have shown shopping can improve your mood, alleviate depression and even boost your self-confidence.
Granted, retail therapy needs to be done in moderation and preferably using the funds you set aside specifically for days like this one. There's a fine line between retail as therapy and retail as an unhealthy habit. It's a problem if you spend more than you can afford, feel guilty after making a purchase or buy things you don't want or need.
An excellent way to keep retail therapy in check is to hunt for bargains. Is there anything quite like scoring a killer deal on the shoes you've been eyeing, or finding a gem of an item on the clearance rack? Serotonin - the feel good hormone - is probably coursing through your body just thinking about it.
While it may not be for everyone, retail therapy may be just what you need as a little pick-me-upper.
Happy bargain hunting!