Is Retail Therapy Legitimate Self-Care? + $100 Gift Code

Retail therapy is the act of shopping to make you feel good. Can retail therapy be considered a legitimate form of self-care?

Have you ever heard of retail therapy? It’s not a legitimate therapy, but retail therapy is the act of shopping to make you feel good. This post is meant to spark discussion on whether or not retail therapy can be considered a legitimate form of self-care. Additionally, If you read to the end you will even find a $100 gift code giveaway, be sure not to miss out on that! This post is sponsored by JORD Watches.

The Discussion | Is Retail Therapy Self-Care?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of retail therapy, retail therapy, according to the Urban Dictionary, is considered “The act of shopping as an outlet for frustration and a reliever of stress.” As someone who is working toward a counseling degree with a focus on addictions, I am reluctant to promote shopping as self-care because of the potential negative impacts of shopping addiction. For that reason, I want it to be clear, shopping addiction is different in that shopping is constantly on the shopper’s mind and is done more often and in greater quantities than is sustainable. Addiction implies that the addict is no longer functioning. That differs from retail therapy because shopping as a form of self-care and stress-relief is done far less frequently and is not that person’s main outlet. Additionally, it is sustainable.

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Retail Therapy Ideas

Now that we know the difference between shopping addiction and shopping as self-care, here are some great ways to shop for self-care:

  • Buy a new fragrance each month
  • Buy a new outfit that makes you feel beautiful
  • Shop for your home
  • Buy something nice for a loved one
  • Buy new skincare or makeup products
  • Get something you want but don’t view as a necessity
  • Buy a movie you’ve been dying to see

My Opinion | Do I Shop for Self-Care?

Do I shop as a form of self-care? Yes and no. For me, it is not the act of shopping that is therapeutic. Usually, when I am doing some retail therapy, I am buying houseplants or furniture online. What makes shopping therapeutic for me is planning my home and then opening the package and adding the new item to that perfect place. As someone who does practice retail therapy, I recommend setting a budget if you plan on taking part in shopping for self-care. This way, you are sure you can afford to do the shopping and are less likely to overspend.

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What do you think, is retail therapy legitimate self-care? What do you buy that is therapeutic for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Get that Cozy Christmas Feeling

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, who doesn’t love that cozy Christmas feeling?? It’s the best to get cozy on your couch or in your home, especially when the weather starts to get cold! Everyone has their own tricks to feeling cozy, everyone is different. But this post will give you a rundown of how to get that cozy Christmas feeling, from wearing a well-accessorized sweater to lighting a candle!!

Believe it or not getting that cozy feeling is easier than you’d think! It’s really only two easy steps: set the scene then look the part. Read all the way through to the end and receive an exclusive coupon for Jord Wood Watches, the sponsor of this festive post!

How to Get that Cozy Christmas Feeling

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene is exactly how it sounds—you need to make your home or apartment cozy before you can get cozy. This could be as easy as turning the heat on instead of the air conditioning. Or you could have more fun with it!

My favorite way to get that cozy Christmas feeling is to decorate. This is also the most complicated and potentially expensive way to feel cozy. You can get creative and go the DIY route or you can buy Christmas decorations. I personally do a combo of the two. Try decorating a small Christmas tree, hang fairy lights, hang ornaments from the ceiling, put up a wreath, you name it! Here are some Christmas decorating DIY ideas:

Another way to make your environment feel cozy for Christmas is to light candles! I absolutely love candles, especially Christmas-scented candles. Some Christmas scents I suggest are spruce tree, Christmas cookies, apple or spiced apple, pumpkin pie, fresh snow scents, cranberries, thyme, etc.! Just go wherever it is you buy your candles and ask to see their Christmas or holiday line!

How to Get that Cozy Christmas Feeling

Looking the Part

The final step to getting all cozied-up for Christmas is to look the part. So, get out your favorite sweaters, comfortable pants, slippers, fuzzy socks and check out the mini LookBook below for some inspiration and cozy ideas as well as an awesome holiday discount!!

The ideal Cozy outfit consists of a comfortable sweater, comfortable pants, either fuzzy sock or slippers, and beautiful accessories. These accessories are important because it is easy to feel lazy instead of comfy without them. A great cozy outfit needs simple and elegant accessories to remain cozy instead of lazy or slumpy.

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How to Get that Cozy Christmas Feeling

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