I was reading QLGirl’s post where she mentions how she tends to shop more when she’s feeling sad. (Uh, it’s kind of buried in there, but it stuck out to me!)
I’m currently on travel for work near the second largest mall in the country (or so my coworkers tell me). I’m feeling pretty burnt out on work because just a week ago I was working the graveyard shift (11pm – 7am) through the weekend, and I feel as though I have not had a day off in far too long. There were also some problems with my travel plans – my hotel was overbooked last night, and they almost put me into a room with no bed, just a pull-out sofa! They eventually put me up in another hotel, but the stress of it all and the amount of time it took means I got very little sleep last night. I’ve felt generally icky all day, which I suspect has to do with the lack of sleep, lack of relaxation, and the loneliness of sleeping by myself in a hotel bed.
I needed to go to the mall to return some bras I’d attempted to buy without trying them on (so stupid!). I wandered around for a while and bought some properly fitting bras (well… almost properly) and a cardigan at Nordstrom since I had some gift cards from work. Mostly, though, I wandered around listlessly, trying clothes on, but not feeling anything in particular, not spending any Real Money.
The thing is, I just got my reimbursement from the move (FINALLY), and it was much larger than I expected so I am feeling flush with cash. With my current inability to stop my shopaholic tendencies, it seems even weirder that I wouldn’t want to spend some of my hard-earned cash on a treat for myself. Except I didn’t.
Once arriving back at the hotel, I ate some dinner, and now I feel much better and sort of want to go shopping. I can only conclude that shopping is only really fun when I am happy. This may also explain why I have been unable to control my impulses lately – I am often happy now that my job doesn’t suck. I am constantly twirling in a freaking bubble of contentment, and it makes me feel like everything is going to be OK and I can let go every once in a while day.
How about you? Do you prefer to shop when you’re happy or do you use retail therapy as a pick-me-up?