Have you bought something recently and knew deep down that this could be a mistake? something to wear? a new perfume? a piece of sports equipment?
Psychology tells us to never go shopping when we are hungry angry or tired. Why? because we are more likely to make a purchase that we will regret quickly. The doughnut or the pair of heels that really we will never ever wear. We work hard and we deserve this is what the pleasure centre of our brain is telling us but what we will do very quickly is regret it after and then feel guilty and we all know what guilt does. It starts the emotional purchasing all over again. More Money spent, More Guilt. Life is too short for this behaviour! I got a phone call recently from a woman who needed my service because she had tripped over a kettlebell she had purchased last year. It was cheap and I thought I would get great use out of it she said. It stayed in the hall because she had no place for it. How do you react when a friend does this? Do you shout and berate your friend saying I told you so?! No, I didn’t think so. You probably would say look , it was a mistake , sell it or give it to someone who will use it. You would be kind and understanding, you’d try anyway! That’s how you should be to yourself too and not start the guilt cycle. Let it go, Forgive yourself and learn from your mistake. The next time you are making a purchase especially if it is sports equipment make sure you try out a few classes to see if it is something you would like to commit to. Think before you spend. Pause first. You’ll save more money and make more informed decisions. You will have less clutter in your house.