Compulsive shopping: treatments

Treatment begins with the need to adopt certain techniques to limit compulsive shopping, to change certain behaviors ... alone or with the help of a therapist.

  • Thinking of yourself

Contrary to what one might think, the compulsive buyer does not necessarily take care of herself. She can devote all her free time to shopping, sometimes losing sight of her true aspirations.

The excessive shopping makes it possible not to think, to forget, but also to forget oneself. The beautiful things, like the difficulties, remain buried and one continues to be abused. And even if we have happily acquired a small superbly matched set, it is quite possible that we do not even allow ourselves to wear it. "He is too good to put it."

In short, to think of oneself, to renew the dialogue with your inner world, your desires, your priorities, must be the leitmotif of the compulsive buyer who wishes to regain his freedom!

  • Doing your accounts (regularly)
The compulsive buyer, taken in its intoxication of shopping, unfortunately does not always realize its expenses. When the obsession with buying takes her, she goes so far as to deny her finances, which will only come back once the act is done. Conversely, regularly checking your accounts allows you to have greater control over your money, and avoid falling into the illusion of a portfolio filled to infinity.

Doing, not fleeing, his accounts regularly appears to be the basic practical advice, putting some limits to anarchy.

And even if your account smiles at the beginning of the month, think of all your expenses of the month or to come: rent, telephone, activities, nice week-ends, holidays, investment projects, etc.

Set yourself a fun budget not to exceed and use it for things that really matter to you. Finally, allow yourself, if possible to a few small economies, history to be able to carry out longer-term projects that are important to you.

  • Pay in cash

Starting from the same principle as the previous council, paying in cash makes you more aware of the money you spend. While the virtuality of the blue card makes us forget. Worse than the blue card: credit. To avoid !

Becoming aware of how much you will pay will help you better control your budget.

  • Talk about
Like all the psychological woes that happen to us all, talking loudly to someone you trust is a very important principle.

It is sometimes difficult to talk about compulsive shopping, out of shame or guilt. And yet, dialogue with a loved one usually provides some relief. And the advice given by someone who knows you will sometimes be very valuable.

Finally, if the suffering caused by this addiction is too important, if you suffer from significant discomfort, if relapses continue despite all your attempts to stop this behavior, do not hesitate to consult and undertake psychotherapy.

If you want to get rid of this addiction quickly, opt for a behavioral and cognitive therapy (CBT), whose effectiveness in this disorder has been demonstrated. Other psychotherapies, close to CBT, can be interesting in compulsive shopping: motivational therapy, ACT, or mindfulness. On the other hand, if you prefer to think deeply about why you are frail and if long-term therapy does not scare you, you may start psychoanalysis or related therapy. Do not hesitate to take a tour on the side of a hypnotherapist, with confirmed training, who can teach exercises to practice oneself in case of crisis ...

Psychotherapy will be a help to find a blooming, main target of the outflow path dependencies. But do not forget: the main help must come from yourself, by your motivation and the personal means you put in place to get out of it.

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