Spending hours a day scrolling through online shops/apps
Apps have made it easier than ever to access a worldwide wardrobe at the click of a button. As great as this can be for retailers and those always on the go, for those struggling with shopping addiction, this can be extremely detrimental as it has never been easier to instantly feed your shopping habit.
Spending more than you can afford
This is a common issue for those suffering from an addiction. An addiction can lead to a feeling of lack of control, and this can include the amount we spend. Much like gambling addiction, shopping addiction can have a hugely negative impact on our finances.
If you find that you can relate to this and feel overwhelmed about what to do next, please do reach out for professional help and do not feel afraid of being judged.
You can quickly find yourself dipping into savings, remortgaging your home and even in some cases borrowing or stealing from partners/family or friends to fund the addiction.
Feeling a loss of control
For those with an addiction, repeating the unhealthy action can sometimes feel like the only way they can regain control of their lives. As we know, it is hard to step out of this unhealthy cycle.
With shopping addiction, placing an order is the only way some people may feel like they can feel in control for a brief period of time. It is important to try to remember that this feeling of control will fade again and breaking a cycle like this is important for our mental health.