5 Tips for More Mindful Shopping
Let’s admit it: shopping is a lot of fun, and it’s often necessary.
However, just like with any other activity, it’s important to make sure that we’re being mindful while we shop. Mindful shopping is the act of making intentional purchases that will contribute to our greater well-being.
Here are a few tips for more mindful shopping!
Determine a Want
from a Need
To be mindful as you shop, it’s important to be aware of the things you need and how those differ from the things you simply want.
Something that you need is necessary to your wellbeing–such as food, medicine, toiletries, and other essentials.
Something that you want will simply bring you pleasure to own, like a new pair of high heels.
If you focus on buying wants, you will never be satisfied! That’s why spending your money only on things you truly need is a huge part of mindful shopping.
You Are Shopping For
Once you identify your needs, stick to them! I know how easy it is to go to the store for one item and leave with three expensive candles and a dress that was on sale. But it’s important to keep your mind on track and stay mindful as you shop.
Consider making a shopping list and sticking to it!
for When You Are Zen
If you shop when you’re stressed, you’ll be more likely to gravitate towards wants that you imagine can soothe your mood.
That’s why it’s best to do your shopping when you’re in a state of Zen. If you already feel satisfied, you won’t look for external sources of pleasure, and it will be much easier to only stick to the things you need.
Give it Your Full Attention
The whole point of mindfulness is to be aware of what you’re doing. The same goes for mindful shopping.
Give the act of shopping your full attention. Don’t go on autopilot and reach for things that simply catch your eye. Remember the list of things you need and be fully aware of your intention to purchase them and nothing else!
Consider if You Would Pay
Full Price for An Item
Sales can be extremely seductive! In fact, in one survey, two-thirds of people said they’ve made a purchase solely based on a discount. That’s why you should take the time to think about how much you need an item that’s on sale.
A sale on something you need and would buy anyway is fantastic! But if you wouldn’t buy an item for full price, it’s best to not buy it at all.
Want More Mindful Tips?
Mindfulness is a great technique that can be applied to every area of your life, including shopping.
At MySerenity.Love, we care about your wellbeing, which is why we’re dedicated to helping family caregivers practice self-care–and that includes practicing mindfulness! For more self-care tips, check out my latest book, Self-Care for Family Caregivers.