Forget meditation and yoga: For many stressed-out Americans, the best remedy for a stressful day at work or the sting of a painful breakup is the smell of brand-new clothing, the feel of a silk dress and the sound of a credit card being swiped.
But gender aside, there is one trait many "stress-shoppers" have in common: They tend to seek distracting, temporary fixes to alleviate their stress. In other words, the stress-shoppers are also "stress-eaters" and "stress-exercisers." Those who used retail therapy tend toward the "flight" side of fight vs. And yet stress-shopping is still an appealing coping mechanism -- and it helps that it's super convenient. As temporarily uplifting as an afternoon of store-hopping may be, excessive consumption can leave a lingering toll on your credit card statement that may ultimately lead to higher stress levels due to financial concerns.


To curb a stress-spending habit and avoid accumulating debt on impulse purchases, try to avoid shopping altogether when you know you're feeling upset or anxious. In a challenging retail environment, I am pleased to report our first year with net earnings in excess of $6 billion and our first-ever quarter with earnings over $2 billion. If you turn to retail therapy in times of anxiety, you're not alone -- according to a recent survey, nearly one in three recently stressed Americans (which accounts for 91 percent of the general population) shops to deal with stress.
Unsurprisingly, those who turned to retail therapy were more likely to feel stressed out by unexpected expenses (55 percent vs. If you do need to shop, go with a list of items that you actually need to buy -- and stick to it.


In contrast, the respondents who said they never shop to deal with stress were more likely to cope by finding the root of their anxiety and confronting it. Women's personal finance resource Learvest also recommends leaving credit cards at home and carrying cash instead, unsubscribing from email newsletters from your favorite retailers and avoiding shopping with wealthy friends as ways to tame an impulse-buying habit. 16 percent) to say that they had never shopped out of stress and would never consider doing so in the future.



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