Understanding The Impact of Holiday Shopping On Mental Health

Last Update on December 11, 2020 : Published on December 12, 2020
Mental Health Impacts emotional Shopping

We cannot deny the fact that marketing ploys are designed in such a way that it gets us to spend a lot of money (than expected) and this part plays a major role in psychological aspects. As per marketing reports and holiday shopping data, everyone firstly gets attracted to the stuff, before the unconscious level hits in our minds.

People actually believe that the stuff available on Black Friday at half prices is actually worth it. People who love shopping or purchase things emotionally are not able to resist such sales and eventually get into the trap of “half-priced sale”. Ever thought if it’s really half-priced or not?

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If you are also one of those who spend beyond limits or buys stuff that is not even required, I would strongly advise you to first talk about it before buying. Learn about the stuff, think about it, ask your questions, and then consider if you should buy it or not? Because spending beyond limits or emotional spending can take a toll on your mental health. You also might be addicted to shopping which needs to be fixed as soon as you learn about it.

This blog helps you to learn about the mental health impacts of Black Friday and Holiday shopping wherein we are going to talk about different mental health issues along with tips to cope with emotional or impulsive shopping.

So, let’s get started.

Mental Health Impacts of Impulsive or Emotional Shopping

1. Anxiety and Depression

When you shop beyond the limit or to an extent, it somehow results in increased stress and anxiety. Such problems exacerbate depression, substance use, and impulse control disorder, or more related issues. Therefore, emotional or impulsive shopping should be stopped or controlled whenever learned about it.

Tip 1: Before buying stuff, think if you need it or not. If you’re shopping online, read the ratings and reviews. Checking these points will help you to think if the product is worth buying or not.

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2. Exhaustion and Headache

Report shows that one in three adults between the ages of 25-34 experiences regular headaches which is the major contribution of increasing mental health issues. Financial fears, pressures, and debts deteriorate our mental health which leads to exhaustion and chronic headache.

Notice, if you are working too much that you do not have time for proper sleep or exercise, and then you are at the risk of developing mental health issues. Similarly, if you’re spending a lot beyond limits or without even giving it a second thought, you might catch exhaustion or fear of debt. Therefore, spend wisely.

Tip 2: If right now you are looking for offers or sales, take some time to quietly observe their offers and then think again if it’s worth it or not. Additionally, if you’re working too much, get into the habit of exercising, sleeping, and eating healthy.

3. Fear

If you’re a parent and shopping excessively, please note that it also affects the health of your children. Children can also feel the fear of debt and financial difficulties associated with the family. Therefore, spend wisely and save for the future too!

Tip 3: While spending countless money on sales and offers (which are of no use), try to save the money for the future of your children. Gift something that comes with knowledge and as saving for the future.

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4. Embarrassment and shame

Self-blame, embarrassment, and shame are some of the outcomes of emotional or impulsive shipping. People with debts and financial issues have these things in common. Additionally, they also reduce self-esteem with time. And it takes time to get back on track. So, use patience as your key.

Tip 4: If you have already spent a lot, it’s okay, learn from your mistakes, and start using patience as your key. Whenever you see something online on sale, patiently observe and check all the aspects before hitting the pay button.

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5. Improper sleep

Overworking to reduce the debt can result in acute stress. Also, there is a risk of experiencing depression or anxiety disorders. Therefore, do not let your mental health become unbalanced. And, try to set your limits and goals so that you can spend wisely and reach your goals.

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Tip 5: try to get enough exercise or relaxation. Do not work beyond limits, work for having a sense of job satisfaction. Drink a lot of water and get proper sleep.

You can always seek professional support whenever needed. If you or your loved ones have the uncontrollable habit of emotional shopping, you can seek professional advice and save for the future in an improved manner. To get help online, check 10 Best Mental Health Apps of 2020.

I hope this blog helps you to understand the impacts of emotional shopping. Comment down and let us know what your shopping style is. For more content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

Thanks for reading.

About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".


  1. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    This is one of the best ways to attain self-satisfaction for a few people!

  2. Julia

    I can related me with this blog, On every weekend I love to go for shopping or something and end up my weekends with spent lots of money on useless things. From now I'll follow this guide to control my budget and save from buying unnecessary things.

  3. James

    Shopping is a great stress buster but during the holiday season sometimes it is like a burden thanks for sharing the valuable information

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