Overcome Your Online Shopping Addiction

465517439With laptops, notebooks and smartphones, it’s easier to shop online than ever before. For anyone with a shopping addiction, otherwise known as oniomania, the ease of online shopping can be quite detrimental. While it is always a good idea to speak with a professional if you can, there are measures you can take toward overcoming your online shopping addition on your own.

How Do I Know If I’m an Addict?

While it varies from person-to-person, there are certain signs and symptoms of shopping addiction.

  1. Buying the same thing repeatedly—If you buy a type of item so frequently that many of them end up sitting in your closet, you may be purchasing them for the thrill instead of to actually wear.
  1. Buying items instead of paying bills—If buying an item of clothing then makes you unable to pay an important bill, the compulsion to buy might be overriding your personal well being.
  1. Buying an investment piece but then buying cheaper versions—Spending money on a designer pair of shoes and then buying similar style shoes for less makes the designer pair not worth the expense.
  1. Buying for the label instead of for the look—Buying a designer bag that you don’t actually like just for the name ultimately won’t give you a feeling of satisfaction, and you probably won’t end up using it.
  1. Forgetting to return items—You may purchase an item and then plan to return it but never do so. While this happens to everyone occasionally, it can be a problem if you find yourself doing it repeatedly.

How Can I Overcome This?

Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help yourself overcome a shopping addiction.

  1. Unsubscribe from promotional emails—Instead of moving these emails to spam or trash, scroll down and remove yourself from the mailing list.
  1. Block Internet access to certain sites—You can block certain sites from your browser through services like OptenetPC. Just get someone else to input a password and have him or her keep it from you.
  1. Clear cookies and cache—Clearing your cookies and cache can prevent items you’ve looked at on a website from popping up as a banner ad.
  1. Delete shopping apps from your phone—It may be tempting to scroll through these when you’re bored, but it also makes you more susceptible to finding something you feel you can’t live without.
  1. Find a new happy—If you shop to make yourself feel better, try replacing it with something else, like exercise, talking with a friend or writing.
  1. Seek help—Shopping addictions can be strong, and you may need a professional to help you get at the root of the compulsion. There is no shame in seeking help from someone trained in this type of therapy.

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