Self-proclaimed & # 39; shopaholic & # 39; reveals that she only spent $ 11,000 in clothing for three months – and just when she realized that her addiction had gotten out of hand
- Naomi Hodges shared details about her shopping addiction after an annual & # 39; detox & # 39;
- It started after she had finished university and then continued for a few years
- She believes that the addiction came from the desire to help her have low self-esteem
- The woman has & # 39; a few essential things & # 39; purchased since her sales ban began
A & # 39; shopaholic & # 39; has revealed why she developed an unhealthy store addiction in her twenties – and the exact moment of despair that encouraged her & # 39; cold turkey & # 39; to leave.
The Australian woman, Naomi Hodges, said she lost control of her spending after completing college studies and dropping $ 11,000 in three months during a special & # 39; low & # 39; time of her life.
& # 39; I lived in a state of constant low self-esteem – so I shopped & # 39 ;, she told Nine Honey.
A shopaholic has revealed why she developed an unhealthy store addiction in her twenties – and the exact moment of despair that encouraged her to quit & # 39; cold turkey & # 39; (stock image)
What is addictive store addiction and is it common?
What is it about hitting the stores and buying things that make us so happy?
Psychologists have compared shopping to a way out of the & # 39; real life & # 39 ;, similar to the pleasure of a hit of illegal drugs.
The problem is that the addiction to a good feeling ignores the need to budget, or spend in our way.
& # 39; The wish to shop wins the battle for the credit card or bank account. A shopaholic is defined as a person who has the inability to control their spending and is in the habit of going out shopping and forcibly buying, & Jemma Enright of Moneybrilliant told HuffPost.
& # 39; Given the current pleasure leading to future money stress, there is certainly a need to quit, but many people find it hard to quit. & # 39;
For people with problematic shopping behavior, it is important to have a strategy to limit spending and stay away from the stores.
Source: Smart Recovery
Naomi felt a constant desire to spoil herself with clothing and accessories throughout her workday, so as soon as she could, she would.
But one day she noticed that she was following a stranger several blocks out of her way to see which brand of shoes she was wearing so that she could buy them too.
This is the moment when she realized that her addiction had got out of hand.
& # 39; I didn't want to be addicted to anything, including shopping & # 39 ;, she told the publication.
Despite how her days in the office, where she went, Naomi felt a constant desire to spoil herself with clothing and accessories
& # 39; The constant need to look for deals and think about the clothes I would like to buy made me feel dependent and weak. & # 39;
Her boyfriend, family and friends were no wiser, they watched Naomi change clothes to make them think she's not spending too much money.
Even when her mother began to challenge her love of shopping, Naomi shut her off, in complete denial of how bad things had become.
Even when her mother began to dispute her love of shopping, Naomi shut her off, in complete denial of how bad things had become
That is why she decided her & # 39; chronic & # 39; stop shopping habits by completely avoiding shopping centers for a full year.
She applied a block to her computer, so websites she often searched for could not be viewed and only ever made room in her house for & # 39; the essence & # 39 ;.
By the end of that year, Naomi collected and sold all the clothes she had bought during her countless hours of shopping, donating the extra money to charity.
She now hopes never to fall back into the trap of excessive spending.