We are entering into December at the end of this week and then the countdown will be on for Christmas. The streets are busier with hoardes of shoppers and roads are busier with people going to the big shopping outlets in their area.
When I’ve been into shopping centres, I have to say that there is a certain mad energy about the place. People seem to change and gain an extra glean in their eyes and sharpness to their elbows to help propel themselves through the masses. Stressful experience? Most certainly.
So what can we do to make the shopping experience more pleasant and enjoyable? Figures show that lots more of us are doing our shopping online. It’s easy, relatively straightforward and you don’t have to pay for parking. However, for those of us, who want to go to the shops there are certain things that we can do to make it less stressful.
Get a massage: There are plenty of places now in shopping centres that offer a quick 15 minute chair massage. You will feel the knots release, the shoulders relax and the feel good chemicals like endorphins, flow again.
Drink water: We are wearing lots of layers now and going in and out of shops means that we are perspiring without even realising it. Get yourself a handy bottle of water and take regular small sips while you are out. It will be absorbed easily and you won’t have to go to the loo as often.
Get some dark chocolate: Eating a couple of squares of good high quality dark chocolate will get your endorphins flowing and will energise you as well when you start flagging.
Eat some cashew nuts: Cashew nuts also release those feel good chemicals and a handful of them will help lift you to get more Christmas cheer.
Laugh: Take a friend/family member/loved one with you who will be able to make you laugh when you are battling through the crowds.
Smile: Did you know that smiling for 30 seconds begins to release those feel good chemicals. Even if you don’t feel like it, start to smile at the shop assistant, etc, and you should notice that your mood should alter slightly.