Retail Therapy: The "Sadhbhers" Guide

I, Sadhbh Sullivan, wholeheartedly believe that retail therapy is the answer to 90% of the problems that life throws at us. From breakups and heartache to breakouts and bad days, nothing heals the soul like a spot of shopping can - so I think it's important that we all treat ourselves from time to time (or more regularly, but I guess that depends on your financial situation). Nonetheless I've composed my own foolproof guide on how to retail therapy like a pro - so you know exactly what to do (or what to spend your money on) when you're feeling down

Just one of my many "retail therapy" outfit purchases

So now that we all know that "retail therapy" is actually a thing (if you don't believe me, check out this article), it's time for us to set down a few rules on when to make that sneaky purchase, and of course as usual I've popped my current faves down below, just in case you're searching for your next retail therapy pick

1. Breakups 

Yes, I know what you're thinking - icecream heals the soul - however I'm not quite sure if I agree with that one. We all know that icecream has immense healing powers, and sure, maybe directly after a breakup you could use it to cleanse your soul, however it can't piece your broken heart back together and I promise you there is a better way to do that. Along the line of retail therapy, in the event of a breakup, unexpected or otherwise, I recommend splurging on workout gear, and taking some time to focus on you, and your goals, whether they're fitness related or otherwise. And hey, while you're at it post a few gym/workout pics on Instagram, just so your ex knows that your life is moving on, you're moving on and you don't need any boy/girl to make your life feel complete

2. Generic "Bad Days"

Other than playing some Daniel Powter ("Bad Day," to be specific) on Spotify, there's lots of different ways you can overcome a general bad day. Personally, I know exercise is great - but in reality you're not likely to want to do that, so I guess I'd recommend setting a budget, and purchasing that dress/skirt/shirt or whatever it is you're lusting over. If you're super organised and you can envision exactly when and at what hour your bad day will begin, you can make your online retail therapy purchase 3-5 working days in advance, so it arrives just in the nick of time!

3. Lacking Confidence

It's really difficult to know what to do when you're lacking a little bit of confidence. Sometimes self help books are great, and you can learn a lot about life and about you from a book, however if these aren't for you, then how about thinking outside the box a little bit.  Create a fashion moodboard, and purchase something you've always wanted to try but have never had the courage to. Challenge yourself - I dare you, because I'm 90% sure that you'll look beautiful, no matter what you wear *pinky promise*

4. Exam Blues

Whether you're in college or secondary school, we all know that exam stress and school/college life can be a little overwhelming, Remember to treat yourself every now and again and take care of your mind and your body. Reward yourself when you believe you deserve a reward, stay active, keep working and believe in yourself.

5. Big Changes

Life is full of little and big changes, but remember to take care of yourself through them all - especially during the big ones. So if you're worried about starting college or changing schools this Autumn - know that you're not alone on this one, and take your mind off the stress with a lil' retail therapy stress (if the finances are available). Life is tough, so try to make it a little easier for yourself!

Until next time,

*Disclaimer: This post is based on personal experience and should not be taken to be 100% accurate

1 comment

  1. I love this! Retail therapy is such an amazing thing, it literally fixes everything. Retail therapy and chocolate are just magic,
    Ailbhe x


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