Have you ever felt the need to go shopping after a rough day, and instantly felt better after making a purchase? If so, youโ€™ve had the pleasure of experiencing the true effects of Retail Therapy โ€“ an underestimated phenomenon that has helped many people across the globe through sad times. And Iโ€™m here to tell you a bit more about it!


Although it can be looked at as wasteful or compulsive, research shows that there are actually several psychological benefits of retail therapy โ€“ of course, when done within moderation.


So whether you go window shopping, do some online purchases, or go for a full-on spree, itโ€™s interesting to understand why it just feels SO good!


Feeling in Control
Something that often causes anxiety, anger, or sadness in people is when things donโ€™t go their way, when thereโ€™s an element of unknown, uncertainty, or lack of control over a situation. Shopping is a perfect way to give you control over your environment โ€“ you control where you are, what you purchase, how much you spend. The feeling of being in control can help to calm the mind, boost your confidence, and give you a sense of achievement.


When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping โ€“ and part of that is because shopping is a great distraction that stimulates all the senses and removes you from whatever it is that is causing you stress. Being in a different place and smelling, seeing, and touching new things can all help to โ€œresetโ€ your mind, which is exactly what we all need after a hard day.


Happy Hormones
Shopping has been found to release dopamine; the hormone that makes you feel good. And while many people think itโ€™s the purchase itself that does this, itโ€™s actually the whole process of shopping, from the excitement of browsing through items to making the purchase and having your โ€œrewardโ€, that triggers the release.


Going to the shops gives you the opportunity to socialise and chat and even feel like part of a community. Not to mention that here in Malta, youโ€™re bound to bump into someone you know (or someone youโ€™re related to) so you could also find yourself having an unplanned catch-up with an old friend or perhaps even meeting someone you admire. Now thatโ€™s a mood-booster we could all do with from time to time!


So go ahead and treat yourself to some retail therapy next time youโ€™re feeling down or stressedโ€ฆ And where better to go than to The Point Shopping Mall? With such a wide variety of outlets and eateries, youโ€™re guaranteed to tick all of the boxes mentioned in this article and leave feeling much better than you did before you arrived.


Happy shopping!




Gail the Feel-Good Guru

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