Stress free shopping

by Anonymous Author

Christmas shopping can often be a stressful time… what to buy, where to buy it… so, to help you lower those stress levels here is a guide to help you shop sensibly with less stress.

Fuel up

It’s hard to shop sensibly when your blood sugar is crashing, so skip the bagels, the donuts, and the sugary breakfast cereals, says Keri Glassman, a registered New York dietitian. Choose a meal loaded with fibre, protein, and healthy fats — like oatmeal made with skim milk and almonds.

Don’t dress just for comfort

When people are feeling insecure, they tend to buy more, according to Darren Dahl, a professor of applied marketing research at the Sauder School of Business in Vancouver.

So ditch the sweats and the sneakers if they make you feel frumpy and opt for something stylish, like flats or an on-trend top, which boosts your self-confidence. 

Download an upbeat playlist

Martin Lindstrom, author of Brandwashed says “holiday music makes us nostalgic. We linger in the store and buy more to capture that warm, fuzzy feeling”.

So put in your earbuds and listen to songs with a beat faster than your resting heart rate, which is, on average, about 70 beats a minute. Those tunes will keep you moving quickly and efficiently through the stores.

Research discounts

Before you leave the house, download the free apps offered by your favourite retailers or check out their websites for announcements, coupons, and the latest information on sales.

Head out solo

Unconsciously, people tend to mimic one another. That means if your girlfriend stocks up at the kitchen supply store, you’re more likely to do so. So just say no to a shopping companion.