Living during a pandemic is stressful. Everyone knows that it is and everyone feels that stress at different levels and in different ways. In the same fashion, everyone deals with stress differently. Some people have an extra glass of wine at night while others go for a long run outside when it's sunny. Then there are those who prefer to relieve stress through shopping.
Some people hate on those who enjoy shopping for fun as shallow, but they must not know that there have actually been scientific studies that suggest shopping is a healthy form of stress relief! If you are one of those people then you have come to the right place. Shopping during times like these can be confusing and weird. Here are some tips on how to find your normal stress relief in a safe and healthy way.
Make a List
If you are in quarantine, just do not feel like risking it to go outside or there are not any shops opening near you yet you can still find a way to shop. This is where you have to get a little creative. Think about what you have really been wanting to splurge on. What have you been looking forward to shopping for once you get to go do so? Is it a cool and versatile pair of white leather sneakers? Maybe you're wanting a leather jacket to match those shoes. Or, maybe you just want a new comforter for your work from home set up. Either way, you can sit down with a cup of coffee and start dreaming and planning. This is the perfect time to rearrange, add to or even completely revamp your wardrobe.
If you are wanting to up your style game, those white sneakers are a good staple piece that you can totally rebuild your closet around. All you need for this tip is a notebook, a pen and your imagination. Once you are ready to go, you will be more than prepared to scratch your shopping itch with a plan in place.
Try Online Shopping
If you have not considered this as a serious option yet then maybe you should. Online shopping is not for everyone. Sizing can be unpredictable and returns and exchanges can be difficult. There is also no real way to know what you will get because humans are the ones who put together and send the magical packages that arrive at your door after you buy then online and humans can make mistakes. Despite these potential issues, online shopping can be even more fun than shopping in person. It can also be a lot safer for everyone involved. You do not have to leave your house and expose yourself and your loved ones to potential sickness. You can go on a full fledged shopping spree in your pajamas from the comfort of your bed. You can even shop while you binge watch your favorite show on a streaming platform. The possibilities are truly endless! However, if you are worried about the potential issues instead of the perks, you may not enjoy it. So, here are some points that may quell any of your worries.
Most shopping sites have a review section for each item that they sell. This means that if you are unsure of sizing and want some clarification, you can find where the crowd reviews are and read through them. Some people even share their measurements in their review. That way, you get the perks of talking to people who have bought the product for which you are looking without ever having had to leave your home. When your chosen items arrive at your home a few days after ordering them, it feels like you get to open a present from your past self. Online shopping is a great way to reduce your exposure and increase your stress relief while still finding exactly what you want and need.
Find a Thrifting App or Website
If you are an online shopping pro and want to increase the uniqueness of your closet while contributing to a healthier world then you should look into thrift shopping online. You can even get into thrifting yourself by starting an account and reselling your old clothes to people who would love them. This reduces the things that end up in landfills and can make you some easy cash to put towards new items you have really been wanting that might be on that list you made. Do you want those cool new leather sneakers in white but feel like you have too many shoes? Sell some of your old ones and put the money towards your new wardrobe!
If you need some stress relief through shopping but can't get out to do it in person, these are some fantastic options to provide you with an outlet during these times of crises. Shopping doesn't have to go away forever. You just have to be creative and transform how you are doing it!