Think about your needs: Do you really need that $200 purse? Yes, it’s on sale, but will it put your budget over the top. Many items that are listed on sale at high-end stores with savings of up to 50% or more can be found at stores like Marshalls or TJMaxx for an even better price. It’s all a mental game to make you think you’re getting a great deal.
Crowds: If large crowds of people give you anxiety, then maybe shopping at the mall is not for you. Take advantage of Cyber Monday and online deals at the comfort of your own home. It can get crazy at the mall towards the end of December, so make sure you don’t shop for gifts last minute. Buy everything you need online at least a week before Christmas that way they won’t get delayed in the mail (you can also save on shipping by shipping it to the store). Shop at the mall during the day on weekdays or late at night when there are not as many people shopping.
Breathe: Anxiety attacks can happen anywhere, you can feel dizzy, sweaty, scared, and have trouble breathing. If any of these symptoms happen while you’re shopping, take some time and find a place that is quiet. It can be in the bathroom, in your car, or sit on a bench somewhere quiet and away from people. Take some deep breaths and breathe in and out. You can also listen to music that can help you relax. Exercising and getting enough sleep can also help you cope better with anxiety.