Shopping for new clothes has not just sartorial advantages, as you get new things in your closet, but apparently, it has a lot of health benefits as well. In fact, regardless whether you are looking for new things to wear in small boutiques, malls or thrift stores, shopping for clothes and accessories can help your body and mind work at great capacity. Of course, it doesn’t compare to working out, hiking or engaging in sports, but still…
Here are some reasons why shopping can be considered a healthy thing for you:
It’s a physical demand. Superficial as it might sound, shopping is actually an activity that is quite demanding on your body. Trying on 25 pairs of pants, 10 shirts and 20 pairs of shoes in a day can leave someone feeling like they just did a whole exercising routine or had an aerobics class. Also, carrying the bags and the overall movement aspect of it, which burns calories, won’t go unnoticed by your body.
It’s mentally demanding. While other things are definitely more challenging, shopping, and better said, wise shopping, is a great way to practice making decisions, taking risks and find balance, as if you are shopping wisely, you should always consider the cost/wear ratio, the best way you will integrate the new items in your already-existing wardrobe and so on. It’s a process that, for those who are not used to organizing, staying on top of things and making split-second decisions can turn out to be quite useful. Of course, the issue is not to practice too much making decisions. Food for thought.
It’s a confidence booster. It is known that the way you feel can impact both your physical and mental state. Shopping gives one a positive state, in which they feel they have accomplished something and a boost in self-image, since most times one will feel great about the new clothes they just bought. But, again, don’t overdo it.
While shopping is a nice activity, it should never be seen as “therapy” or as a way of escaping daily life. Shopping, as anything else can turn into an addiction and should be a complimentary activity to the things you generally do, and not a basic activity. It should also not replace a healthy lifestyle and a constant care for one’s body.
As with any good thing, shopping for clothes should be done in moderation, as overdoing it will not only harm your wallet, but your physical and mental energy levels as well.
So, with great care and moderation, shop away!
Note: The words and other content provided in this article, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.
Fraquoh and Franchomme
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