Chap. 18: How to not to go overboard with online shopping

Ah, online shopping. The miracle of our technology revolution. It gives us the power to buy things that are unfindable in our local community, as well as protect the environment (theoretically) where products are only shipped when needed.

I actually used to dislike doing my shopping online because I always felt deceived by the pictures and the description (damn you marketing!).

It’s already difficult accepting the fact that you cannot try on the clothing, but to peruse the sizing chart just makes things worse. I often find myself in a conflicting position between feeling convinced I want the product seeing as it looks so good on the model, and feeling anxious that I am choosing the wrong thing to buy out of all the thousands of options out there.

It really is an anxiety-inducing activity.

We all know that buying new objects gives us this rush of dopamine, which is why we can easily get addicted to shopping. In the case of online shopping, we can end up buying a lot with the uncertainty in the back of our minds that this product may not even be suitable.

So what’s the trick?

You need to use your imagination.

It’s fine to look at the model to see how it sits on certain body types, but you need to close your eyes and see yourself in the picture. Ask yourself if that is really what you want and how often will you wear it realistically.

It also helps to go to local clothing stores and try on their products (for fun or for experimenting) to figure out what looks good and what doesn’t. I know, this will be hard. This takes a very open mind and great acceptance of the truth to do. No one likes to find out that they cannot look like the model in a certain outfit. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but trust me, afterwards, you will feel liberated and more concentrated on what you’re looking for.

The key is to know yourself and your body. With a specific goal and understanding in mind, stress levels will decrease. You will find what you are looking for, while being reassured by the fact that you’re not wasting money unnecessarily. No more dreading the oh-god-I-need-to-return-this groan, followed by regret and the endless self-blaming for not looking more carefully.

Remember that your body shape is unique to you. Love it with all your might.

Don’t falter from the pictures of these seemingly impeccable models. But smile at yourself knowing you have the intuition to confidently say no or yes to a product. Shake your head and move on.

So go out there and shop smartly! You will thank yourself for it. And so will your wallet 🙂

Lots of unicorns sprinkling love,

Eileen

 

 

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