It turns out that for the most part, we all like shopping – even when we are buying things we don’t actually need. When we are feeling depressed going to the mall on a spending spree can give you a feeling of relief. Although just temporary, it feels good – so much better than having to deal with our problems all of the time.
Taking action will make you feel like you have at least a little control, which is a great remedy for anxiety.
When we really got serious was when we had our first child, and we didn’t have enough money to fix our car that had broke down on the side of the road. And we had a thousand dollars worth of repairs, which—in the grand scheme of life—is not earth-shattering, but because we did not have it and we had an infant to cart around, we were really concerned. And so what does a person do when they can’t fix their car but they need a vehicle to get to work?
I don’t feel good unless I’m growing and being challenged and learning new things.