Subvert Unfulfilled Consumerism
An unnecessary cause of stress these days is unfulfilled consumerism.
When we are stressed out we often immediately opt to buy something that will make us happy. We want the quick fix.
Most of the time the joy of buying something is transient. The drug-like serotonin and dopamine rush we receive from our latest purchase quickly dissipates as the stress, depression, anxiety, or desire to compulsively shop just quickly returns.
Before making purchases start the new habit of asking yourself… “Do I REALLY need that?”
Chances are you don’t.
The dreaded unfulfilled consumerism is the GRAND American tradition of overdoing everything:
- Over-driving around.
- Over-“keeping up with the Joneses”
- Being the “Joneses”
Really, you don’t need STUFF, what you really need is a VACATION!
Trust me I’m a doctor…and I need one too!
Hooray! Let’s all stop buying stuff we don’t need (especially in bulk or the dreaded “buy two get one free”) and ask ourselves:
“What is the bare minimum I need in order to be happy?”
Learn to feel grateful and fulfilled with JUST that.
Instead of blowing your hard earned money on:
- Things you don’t need.
- Things that collect dust.
- Things that waste your precious time.
- Things that require maintenance and upkeep.
- Things you don’t really want.
- Things that make you unhappy.
- Things that cause clutter.
- Things you have to wash or fold.
- Things that hang in the closet with the tags still on them.
- Things that max out your credit card.
- Things that make you fat.
- Things that raise your cholesterol and make you a candidate for diabetes.
Try simply saving that money and putting it towards a vacation or other indulgent stress reducing activity!
Pay yourself for just saying “NO” to the unhappy American tradition of unfulfilled consumerism.
Less really is more and it adds up quickly.
Get your whole family interested in the concept!
How to save money while using less of the world’s precious resources is a great topic for your next family meeting. Motivate your kids with the idea of a fun vacation. Let them pick where you all are going to go. This is a simple way to teach kids about saving money and preserving our resources.
So, let’s all just put away our credit cards and BREATHE for five minutes!
Breathing is ALWAYS free and a great, simple way to eliminate stress.
Don’t be a victim to the vicious cycle of unfulfilled consumerism!
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table.
~ Dr. Nicole Sundene