Why is Black Friday stressful and how can you survive it
A guide to escape the madness and save money
This time of the year can be stressful. Finding bargains on Black Friday has become an essential part of our tradition, but feelings of stress and guilt can evoke feelings of tension, anxiety and even depression.
If you feel anxious after your purchases, you are not alone. There is a psychological reason why we feel negative emotions.
One of the reasons that purchases can evoke negative emotions is due to our expectations. The guilt that follows can be detrimental to our well-being. When reality does not meet our expectations, it often results in disappointment.
Black Friday is one of the best shopping days of the year – and one of the craziest. Yes, prices are extremely low, but the crowd and the late hours can be overwhelming for many. However, it does not have to be like that. This year, you can approach Black Friday in a calm and organized way, turning a potentially chaotic experience into a relaxed and potentially fun experience. This guide to survive Black Friday will help you control the madness in a less stressful way:
Plan in advance
Stores advertise their Black Friday offerings a week or two before the event. Do some research and make a list of what you want to buy.
This is also the time to visit the websites for more information. Check online first. Often, stores offer free delivery and additional discounts for ordering online rather than entering the store. Not to mention that there are always offers for Cyber Monday to check a few days later. Search the stores' websites to see if you can find the same offers online without having to leave your home.
Buy, but be realistic
If you want to enjoy Black Friday without stress, it is possible to go shopping without constraint. To begin, keep your expectations realistic. Be aware that there will likely be long lines, traffic or other frustrations along the way. Consider them and focus on other aspects that you need to anticipate.
Go with a friend
Make it a social experience. Bringing a friend to go shopping can make the experience more fun, and having a second opinion is never a bad thing when you decide to buy. In addition, you will be less inclined to be stressed if you are with a friend.
Leave the children at home
Late hours and crowds can be stressful, so it is best to leave children at home. Not to mention that they can slow you down and run the risk of getting lost. If you have to bring your children, make sure they know their phone number and address. Otherwise, put this information in their pocket.
Take a break from technology
Finally, if you feel particularly alone or isolated during your purchases (especially online), try taking a break from your device while spending time with your loved ones. The stress of shopping can often escalate. Set limits to avoid the inevitable trap of overconsumption. After all, do you really need all this?