Turn off 'Autopilot'

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Much like any compulsive behaviour, in the moments when we're acting out on our unwanted habits, we're unlikely to be able to bring to the forefront of our minds why we don't want to be engaging in them. When it comes to shopping addiction, there are so many different types of ways to act compulsively without slowing down the process to question it. We live in an age where we can spend thousands of pounds by simply providing a finger print on our phones. Further, we are constantly bombarded with items that we didn't know existed, let alone think we needed. One practical tip is to make the process of buying online harder for ourselves by removing automatic payment methods from 'high-risk' sites, or indeed deleting the apps altogether. Another is to have days where we only carry cash for what we will need. For example if you enjoy going to the flower market, take just enough to buy your flowers and a coffee, perhaps. Then even if you spot a blouse or picture frame that seems an irresistible bargain, you simply don't have the means to purchase it. The urge to purchase is much like the compulsive urge to relieve ourselves with substances. We can 'ride the wave' and sense of urgency will pass, sometimes we just have to take a moment to give it the opportunity to. Finally, notice the moments when you're feeling most like shopping for something you know you don't really need. Is there anything else going on? Try to zoom out and observe your behaviour as though you're studying the human condition. Where are you? How are you feeling? Are you generally feeling bored or insecure? Has something or someone recently shaken your sense of identity? As with all addiction, self awareness practices such as these can serve not just to take the strain off our bank accounts, but also to help us identify what needs are being met by our behaviours and take active steps towards addressing these in a healthy and compassionate way. Finally, don't reward yourself for not shopping by shopping!

What You'll Need

  • A desire to make changes

What You'll Do

  • Remove automatic payment methods
  • Only carry cash
  • Observe your behaviour
  • Practice self-awareness
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JSingh says...
Very practical tip.
JSingh says...
Very practical tip.
JSingh says...
Very practical tip.

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