The Health Benefits of Retail Therapy


It’s not uncommon to treat ourselves to feel better. Whether you’ve had a stressful week at work, or going through a tough time, retail therapy is an effective pick-me-up and it should be guilt-free.

There are health benefits involved with shopping, even if you spend a day shopping and only buy one thing, you’ll feel better and have something new to show for it. Taking some time out to go shopping is a good way to stay occupied; distracting yourself from whatever it is that’s worrying you.

Of course, retail therapy isn’t always the answer, but it can certainly help with your mood, making you feel more relaxed and happy. So what are the health benefits of retail therapy?

Improve Feelings

The main reason for retail therapy is to improve our mood. Buying a new outfit you’ve had your eye on, or treating yourself to some new luxury homeware, such as the exquisite Chelsea Cake Plates from the Sara Miller London Portmeirion collection, is a satisfying feeling of self-indulgence.

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Retail therapy can also provide feelings of self-achievement. Shopping in the sales can be stressful, but picking out a few items of clothing is rewarding and an accomplishment. Maybe you’ve finally found the perfect shoes to go with an outfit or picked up an unbeatable bargain from your favourite high street shop.

Making the decision to visit the shops to buy something new and achieving this is a rewarding goal, which will naturally improve your mood.


Treating yourself to something new can boost your confidence. A new outfit can increase self-esteem, whether it’s for a night out with friends, a job interview or ‘just because’. It can have the same effect as going to the salon for some pampering.

Naturally, an increase in confidence can improve your mood, which can have a positive impact on your health.


Retail therapy should be fun! Whether it’s planned or an impulse decision, shopping should be enjoyed. You’ll spend time browsing the shops, trying on new outfits - what’s not to enjoy? Bring a friend along and turn it into a date. Random shopping days with friends are the best and it’s a great way to make new memories.

New Beginnings

Buying something new can symbolise new beginnings. Whether you’ve had a recent break-up and are ready to move on, starting a new job or you’re finally ready to replace your tea set that’s been chipping away, a little treat can help you move onto new things.

It’s healthy to have a change from time to time. It can improve motivation and variety into your life, making you feel more refreshed. It’s a great way to look towards to the future and close another chapter in your life.


Retail therapy should be a therapeutic experience. Having someone to help you shop can make the overall experience more enjoyable and relaxed. A personal shopper can help make decisions for you, which can make your overall shopping experience less stressful.

A relaxing shopping trip doesn’t always mean you have to buy a new outfit. Why not buy something that makes you feel relaxed at home? This could be anything from booking a few days away to a soothing cup of tea. If it’s the latter, treating yourself to a new cup can make your next brew more comforting.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, then take a look at this Canterbury Blue mug from the Catherine Lansfield for Portmeirion Studio collection. The floral design is elegant and colourful, improving your mood whilst adding a sense of tranquillity.


Retail therapy is a great way to ‘escape’ for a few hours and recharge. Whether you choose to visit your local shopping centre or prefer to travel to the neighbouring city, go with one thing in mind; ‘It’s about me and I’m going to enjoy it’.

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