Retail Therapy

Avoidance tactics are often used as coping mechanisms to temporarily alleviate emotional pain associated with loss. Though in excess, your life begins to spiral.

In order to assist you with this we are doing a series of posts that delve into the eight most common avoidance tactics.

Today is day eight and our final avoidance tactic day.

Today we are looking at:


Retail therapy, or compulsive shopping, is a means of seeking comfort and pleasure through acquiring material possessions.

It can provide a temporary high and a sense of control but may lead to financial issues and emotional dependency on material goods.

Some of the long term negative effects from indulging in this avoidance tactic can be:

  • Personal:

    Compulsive shopping can result in financial stress, debt, and emotional dependency on material possessions.

  • Relationships:

    Financial disagreements related to excessive shopping can strain relationships.

  • Work:

    Financial difficulties stemming from overspending can lead to job-related stress and decreased performance.

  • Financial:

    Excessive shopping can lead to financial instability, debt, and long-term financial hardship.

To assist you to self-assess whether you are using these tactics to avoid dealing with your grief here are:

Five Contemplations for YOU to Ponder:

  • Am I frequently engaging in compulsive shopping to distract from my emotions?
  • Is retail therapy becoming a way to escape the emotional pain of loss?
  • Have I noticed a significant increase in my spending on non-essential items?
  • Is my shopping behavioUr leading to financial strain or debt?
  • Do I feel dependent on material possessions to find happiness or fill an emotional void?

If you find that you are, please reach out to us for support and guidance, so we can assist you to transition to more loving and constructive grieving strategies.

Until we meet again, please remember that you are Simply the BEST!

Karen and Lesley


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