What Happens When Men Try a Little Retail Therapy?

I’ve done it. My step-dad does it (tools), my dad did it (birds, yes… birds) and so does my 18 yr son (gaming ‘skins’ and noise-cancelling headphones). And you do it too: Retail Therapy.

If you want to know what makes the world go around, what drives the economy, and what “The Force” really means? Look no further than Retail Therapy.

If you want to know what makes the world go around, what drives the economy, and what “The Force” really means? Look no further than Retail Therapy.

For some of us, shopping is a near-addiction and for many of us, shopping is one of our greatest (and also our worst…) self-care behavior.

I was inspired today to think about retail therapy after reading an article by a friend of mine, Joe Doe. Joe is an author with the Good Men Project, and I have the privilege of editing his weekly articles. Joe is one of those guys who can tell a story that leaves you laughing, crying and sometimes a little of both.

This week, Joe wrote about being stressed out and needing to clear his head. So he followed his wife’s example and did a little retail therapy.

And he bought a banjo.

Men and retail therapy are not always a good mix. My retail therapy is books. I have filled more bookshelves with unopened books than I care to think about. And I still do it. Yup… I even bought three more books yesterday.

Mmm, books…

So, men. Fess up! What’s your retail therapy?

This post is really about self-care. Retail therapy is not the best path to self-care. You can read more about healthy self-care in this article, “Four Ways that “Self-care” Will Sabotage Your Well being.”

Keep it Real

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