How To Cure Shopping Addiction

So you want to know how to cure shopping addiction. You’ve already got enough shoes, and you just can’t stop going to the mall. No sweat. We’ve got the cure for shopping addiction right here.

But first off, before you cure your shopping addiction you might like to know which type of shopaholic you are.




There are various different types of shopaholics. Which type are you?

Compulsive shopaholics: These are shoppers who absolutely feel that they must shop. If they do not shop the feel emotional distress.

Trophy shopaholics: These are the shopaholics who believe that they will find a perfect item, an item so good it will change their entire lives. There’s an item out there that they absolutely need and they will not stop until they get it.

Hey big spender: These guys are all about how they look. They want people to see them carrying expensive new items. They want the thrill of having other people look at them in jealousy.

Bargain Hunt: You don’t want to miss a bargain. If you miss the two for one on Toilet Duck you just don’t know how you’ll live with yourself.

Bulimic Shopaholics: You shop. You give it back. You shop. You give it back. Maybe you just love being able to return items for free.

Collectors: Basically, life is Pokemon. You have to catch them all.




But how do you know if you have a shopping addiction? What if you just like buying stuff? Is it really a problem? 




So how do you actually know if you have a shopping addiction? What if it is not a shopping addiction but you’re just someone who enjoys shopping? Why does everyone have a problem with you going shopping all the time? What wrong with doing something you enjoy?

People who have an actual genuine shopping addiction don’t just enjoy shopping. They actually need to shop. Otherwise they will feel terrible.

Just as other addictions, like smoking and drinking, give you withdrawal symptoms, so does shopping addiction.

Have you had any signs of symptoms of shopping withdrawal? When you don’t go to the mall do you feel bad?

Look out for these symptoms of shopping withdrawal.



The Symptoms Of Shopping Addiction


  • Shallow breathing
  • Feeling agitated.
  • Getting mood swings for no reason.
  • You can’t focus because you can’t stop thinking about shopping.
  • When you don’t shop you feel depressed
  • Your relationships are being ruined by shopping.
  • You can’t stop shopping even though your credit card is maxed out.


And you may also have these symptoms when shopping:

You buy things you can’t afford even though you know you can’t afford them.

You comfort shop. When you’re shopping you’re not doing it to buy something you doing it to stop feeling a certain way.

You get a rush when you’re shopping, just like how you get a rush from coffee, sugar etc.




The Effects Of Shopping Addiction

There are both short term and long term effects of shopping addiction. Some are obvious and others are not so.

One of the obvious side effects of shopping addiction is that it leaves you in debt. You may even find that you take out a loan just a pay for your shopping addiction. And your finances are soon in tatters.

Another side effect of shopping addiction is on the emotional side. You may feel great when you are shopping. Or alternatively you may fee guilty because you know you shouldn’t be shopping but you just can’t stop. It might get so bad that you end up taking out a second mortgage.

Because you get a surge of dopamine when you shop you may lose interest in other sources of dopamine. This could leave you feeling unmotivated. For more on this read my guide to managing your dopamine levels.



“Am I a shopaholic?” Answer these questions to find out if you have shopping addiction

Do you feel sad, upset, depressed, or angry when you can’t shop?

Do you have emotional reactions to shopping?

Do you continue shopping even though you  have a financial problem?

Are you taking out loans to fund your shopping?

Do you buy things you don’t need just because you enjoy shopping so much?

Do you get a high from shopping?

Do you feel hopeless about saving money?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you probably do have a shopping addiction.

So what can you do about shopping addiction?




How to cure shopping addiction


Want to know how to cure shopping addiction? This guide uses mindfulness and vipassana meditation to cure your shopping addiction in as little as ten minutes!


Uhh. . . meditation and shopping. . . ? 

Meditation doesn’t have to be about sitting in the quiet in lotus position focussing on your breath. I mean, sure, we love the traditional meditation practices too, but sometimes you’ve just got to get out and get shopping. . . while meditating.

For the purest form of retails therapy you need to learn how to meditate while shopping. Thankfully it’s pretty easy and a heck of a lot of fun.


Why learn how to meditate while shopping: S

hopping is one of the times when we feel desire the most. The problem with desire is that it makes us focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. This diminished both our mindfulness and ability to live in-the-moment, and well as contributing to general unhappiness. Oh, it will also cure a shopping addiction.

Shopping meditation is a dollop of mindfulness with some drizzling of Vipassana meditation. Here’s how to do it.


How to Cure a Shopping Addiction

  1. Go to a shopping centre but do not take your credit card or any cash. You’re not going to be buying anything.
  2. Do a spot of window shopping and look at all the cool things you want. Don’t just look though, perceive the items mindfully. Pay close attention to their every detail, looking at the colours, the shapes and so on. This is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness.
  3. Now, you want to pay particular attention to items you really really want. Anytime you come across such an item, make sure to observe the thoughts in our mind through Vipassana. Simply observe the thoughts that you have in your mind. Tell yourself that thoughts are just thoughts, nothing more. This will give you power over your thoughts (which is a great way how to cure a shopping addiction).
  4. Every ten minutes make sure to focus on your breathing. Count to ten breaths and then continue the exercise.

Practice this exercise for one hour and you will learn a great deal about yourself and also will cure your shopping addiction, if you have one.

Thanks for reading.


Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.

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