SCOOP: Shopping for Less Stress

Shopping for Less Stress

By: Naciza Masikini

Western can be a stressful environment.  A good friend once told me that shopping is the answer to all of life’s most pressing questions. So I’ve learned to treat every opportunity as if I were shopping for the perfect item to relieve stress. As both the holiday shopping season and the summer job hunt are fast approaching, I’ve compiled a set of tips to help you succeed in getting what you want out during these stressful times!

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Tip #1  Sign up for newsletters

Making sure you are aware of the background no matter what you are doing.
Whether applying for a job or scavenging for the perfect gift, be prepared by signing up for the company’s social media. If you are looking for a gift from a certain brand, research the company to find out when the seasonal sales will start. You’re always better prepared and less stressed when you have all the available information.

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Tip #2  Make a shopping list

Have a plan, make a back-up plan and maybe even have a back-up for your back-up plan. Go shopping with an idea of what you’re looking for and what you want to have achieved by the end of the trip. However, make sure that your plan is flexible and allows you to be open to sudden opportunities. That is, be open to alternatives if you can’t obtain a certain gift or are passed over for a position. Plans and back-up plans ensure that you will never be stressed when something doesn’t go the way you wanted it to.

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Tip #3  Take care of yourself

If you’ve flown on a plane, you have probably heard the attendant announce, “in case the aircraft experiences a change in pressure, the oxygen masks will release. Ensure you’ve secured your own mask before helping others”. The same principle can be applied here. Although it is the season for caring and giving, you are only truly capable of helping others if you are in a stable position yourself. For example, you wouldn’t offer to pay for a friend’s purchase if you couldn’t afford your own. Likewise, you wouldn’t help someone (who was applying for the same job as you) with their application if you had yet to finish your own application. In cases like these, it is justifiable to be a little selfish! Make sure that, in the midst of caring for others, you don’t neglect yourself!

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