How You Can Exercise Great Self Control On A Shopping Trip

If you’re anything like me, shopping is a go-to stress buster in times of stress and difficulty. The joy that a new piece of clothing or makeup brings is almost entirely unparalleled. But it’s easy to overspend, especially if you do use retail therapy as real therapy. There can be a genuine feeling of guilt associated with a big blowout shopping trip. Try these few tips to avoid overspending when you’re out shopping.

Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry

You’ll find that you make more impulse judgements when you’re feeling a bit peckish, and they won’t necessarily be decisions you’re happy with later on. Food shopping when hungry is, of course, a terrible idea, unless you want to come home with the entire snack aisle and not much else.

Beware Of ‘Buy One Get One Free’

They’re there to snag you, but they don’t necessarily work out as a good deal. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve grabbed yourself a great bargain, but in fact, you’re now the proud new owner of something you probably never needed, or even really wanted. It’s the same with the sales and the 50% off deals – if you weren’t going to buy it in the first place, don’t just buy it because it’s on the reduced rail. You’re still spending extra money, however you look at it.

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Remind Yourself Of Your Finances

As you’re shopping, keep thinking back to your finances. It’s so easy to just throw your credit card at the saleswoman and not consider the consequences, but being careless in the area can have a genuine long-term impact. If this is something which concerns you, seek advice on checking your credit report.

Don’t Make The Saleswoman Your New Best Buddy

She may seem friendly, but she’s just doing her job. The power of suggestion and compliments is their main sales tactic, and it’s very easy to be sucked in. Don’t feel obliged to buy something just because you’re worried about hurting her feelings. Be polite and respectful but firm.

Try To Stick To What You Need

If you go out with a list, you’re more likely to stick to it, theoretically. Even if it’s not something you need critically, but something you’d really like, such as a new lipstick or dress, try only to buy the thing you went out for. It’s tricky, but it will help stop overspending.

Be Wary Of Check Out Areas

Check out areas are where they display all the cool little gadgets and cute pots of lip balm. You don’t need them! They’re only there to entice you to spend a few extra quid while you deal with the boredom of queuing. You really only need so many mini mascaras and pots of Vaseline.

Most importantly, enjoy shopping but don’t let it control you. Stay aware of how much you’re spending, and don’t let yourself buy extra little things, just because you’re going to have to go through the hassle of paying anyway.

Is There A Way To Make Dark Mornings A Bit More Bearable?

Mornings. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t just sleep right through them and get up in the afternoon because then you get fired. Don’t you just hate them?

Well, summer mornings are pleasant enough. Waking up to sun streaming through the curtains, being able to dress down, not flinching before you step in the shower. They’re OK. But we’re not in summer anymore, are we? And there is something not so inspiring about getting up before the sun does, especially if the first thing you have to do is exercise. Yeuch.

You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s a condition that makes people feel low through winter months due to dark mornings and evenings. And I’m not here to talk about that. You can, without suffering from it, just hate winter mornings. And whether it’s SAD or otherwise, the ways to deal with it are alike.

Step 1: Grit Your Teeth And Get On With It

Have you ever ripped off a sticking plaster or kinesiology tape? Hurts, doesn’t it? But it hurts more and for longer the longer you take to do it, and the anticipation is worse. Getting out of bed on a winter morning is like that. Don’t think about it, just do it.

Step 2: Stumble To The Kitchen, Pour Yourself A Cup Of Ambition

At this point, your morning is sounding a lot like the lyrics to Dolly Parton’s “Nine To Five”. But if all you have in the cupboard is nagging misanthropy, try coffee instead. You should also have a juice for the nutrients it brings. Leafy greens are the order of the day at this point. They’ll get your metabolism moving. Don’t have a juicer? Continue reading this guide for tips on which is the best one for you.

Step 3: Smile In The Shower

When you first step under the water, that smile will be involuntary, and more of a wince. In winter, showering isn’t fun. But as you stand there under the jets of water, pull all the faces you can manage. Studies have shown that even a fake smile can make you feel more positive. Which you’ll need in the absence of natural light.

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Step 4: Get Ready To Face The World

As you get dressed, you might like to have the radio on to ease you into the day. But even if you’re a news-aholic, it might be an idea to leave the radio off and pick out a playlist loaded with loud, anthemic songs. Even if you’re more into folk than funk, more pounding beats do have a positive effect on the psyche. Try singing along, too. It raises the adrenaline and helps you shake off the cobwebs. And while you may not feel like exercising in the dark, it’s still a good way to begin the day.

Step 5: Schedule Some Time Off

Of course, if you don’t like facing the morning, it’s always going to be hard to get going first thing. And some days, it’ll be nice not to have to. Don’t focus on using those annual leave days in the summer. Instead, plan a few in for when getting up really is hard to do. And then, when you wake up and see it’s dark outside, you can channel Syrio Forel, bellow “Not Today!”, and go back to sleep.