Retail Therapy and the Holiday Blues

   There was a time when the act of shopping and buying was an attempt to escape my adrenal fatigue. I now label it retail therapy.  And I had a beautiful reason for retail therapy during the holidays.  The idea of shopping seemed to momentarily distract me from my anxiety and fatigue.   Even though sometimes I could develop enough momentum and energy to go shopping, and the act of shopping seemed to provide an hour of temporary relief, in the end I would be even more exhausted, wiped out, and filled with anxiety all over again. 

During the holidays everyone is stressed because we are forced to buy many things in a very short time.  Sometimes we make compulsive purchases and spend more money than we planned.  Even online shopping can be a stressful experience because of the anxiety caused taking a chance on buying unseen products, and it is easy to forget money spent when using a charge card. 

Because of the myriad of marketing information that hits us from all directions – television, radio, the internet, music, etc. –  we have been sold on the idea if we gather more and more material goods around us, or if we are extravagant givers, we will feel extraordinarily happy.  Yet, through this process of giving or getting everything we thought would make us happy, we can become unusually anxious and even depressed.   We don’t feel better, we feel extraordinary anxiety – even those who do not suffer from adrenal fatigue will suffer with what some call the Holiday Blues.

 There are many pointers that can be given to avoid shopping stress:  shop early, shop late, shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or don’t shop at all.  The thought I really like is one that is actually applied to time management.  What gifts would you eliminate if you had half the time to shop? Then decide what gifts can be eliminated if you cut your budget in half.  It is a good way to start, and if you go over budget, you are still under budget.  You can indulge in retail therapy and escape the Holiday Blues.

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Jennifer E. Busch, at a young age, was recruited by a national publishing company and leading trade publication. She was rapidly promoted to the position of National Sales Manager. Jennifer married Dr. Richard E. Busch III, in 1996, and together they founded and developed a leading chiropractic clinic that is now nationally recognized for its successful nonsurgical treatment of chronic and severe disc conditions, the DRS Protocol™. Jennifer is also an international marketing and development consultant for healthcare practitioners. Jennifer Busch has survived her own journey with adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and now provides hope in her book, All in My Mind? How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, which she has dedicated to thousands who are suffering needlessly. Only through her determination and never-ending faith did she discover the truth and uncover the causes and then treatments that would help her once again lead a normal active life
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2 Responses to Retail Therapy and the Holiday Blues

  1. Chris says:

    Jennifer just want to say how much you have helped me. I read your blog and I feel like I have a friend out there guiding me through this crazy time in my life. It is nice to have someone who can relate to this problem rather than someone who tells you “you are nuts” or “it can’t be that bad”. Keep up the good work, you have a reader for life! Hope you have a very low stress, fun, happy holidays! I look forward to your next post. Chris

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