Why Can’t I Stop Shopping?

Personal Note 

“Summer time and the living is easy.” That song by George Gershwin is a good reminder about the purpose of summer. Water makes me happy and “summer time” is replenishing and renewing for this Pisces gal. 

My husband Dave and I are heading to North Carolina to visit my daughter next weekend. She lives on Lake Norman and has a boat so we’ll be out on the water and generally being lazy. I’m ready for a lazy week. Also love some of the local food such as biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits!! 

Maybe it’s the hot weather, but I notice that some of the hyper-drive I’ve lived by the last 20 years has mellowed. Though I still work a lot, I’m relaxing more and focusing on enjoying life – especially the summertime. 

I hope all of you are doing the same. 


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Why Can’t I Stop Shopping?

“Things and conditions can give you pleasure, but they cannot give you joy.”

                                                                       Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Do stress and anxiety make us addictive? Stress and anxiety are at the highest levels I’ve seen in 30 years and cause a vulnerability to addictive escapes. The economy is a big driver, but it’s exacerbated by the amount of change and loss occurring – job, home or illness, and the fact that we’re not taught how to take care of ourselves in pro-active and loving ways.

Escapes do sort of work - a glass of wine (or 3 or 4) or a hit of pot, or shopping and certainly food, can distract us from life problems, but don’t solve them. If you find yourself relating, take a breath, and try to be nonjudgmental.

Shopping: MyVesta, a web-based financial health center, found that 49% of survey respondents overspent. Experts say 5% of the U.S. population could be full-fledged compulsive shoppers.  Check out Lynn’s comment in the NY Daily News Column 7-27-12 “I Know My Shopping is Compulsive – Why Can’t I Stop?” (Read More)


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