Malls can be a crowded place on busy days, but if you have ever tried navigating the crowds with a panic attack creeping up on you, it can become impossible. Especially for someone who struggles with social anxiety.
I hate Christmas and Black Friday sales. The crowds, the noise, the heat can all be trigger points for people who struggle with anxiety – whether that is generalized anxiety, panic disorder or social anxiety.
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Sometimes I have felt dizzy and faint, and I have felt sweaty and nausea, I have had the feeling of a tightened chest while being in a crowd. It’s not fun. Shopping and sales have sometimes left me a trembling, sweaty mess.
Not a pretty sight either, I might add. Christmas shopping and sales can be a cocktail of the worst trigger points for any anxiety disorder.
I know I am not alone in this and Christmas shopping can be nerve-wracking for anyone. As if the crowds and sales aren’t enough, there is also the pressure of getting the perfect gift for everyone on your list all in a short span of time. It’s dizzying!
Let’s take a look at everything, shall we?
“Hi, welcome to… Can I help you find anything?”
Oh, I hate that sentence. Sometimes I don’t even get inside the door before I am ambushed. I know, sales assistants are supposed to do this to everyone, but they could let people browse the store for a few minutes before they get in the customer’s face.
I know that many people who struggle with anxiety would like nothing more than to be left alone while shopping.
The entire experience of shopping is already a sensory overload, and having to deal with human interaction as well can be too much for us. That sentence is simply added pressure to me.
The blaring music in most stores = more sensory overload
If you are already feeling anxious because you have to do your shopping among people, then blaring music in every store is going to be an extreme sensory overload. Christmas music especially is not really that calming or relaxing either, is it?
For an anxious person, it can be extremely difficult to navigate the crowds during sales. There are so many people getting into your personal space, and the noise is just the tip of the mountain.
It can feel extremely suffocating with so many people around you all the time. It’s not a very nice feeling, I might add.
Christmas shopping doesn’t need to be a stressful event. It can even be as easy as a few clicks on your mouse and you’re done. How great does that sound?
When is the best time for you to shop online?
November is typically the best time to start shopping online for Christmas gifts, as sales are offered by lots of big online retailers.
Check delivery times!
Some online stores take between 3-4 weeks to deliver their products. If you start doing your Christmas shopping in November, it should give you plenty of time to receive your delivery.
Check out this post: “6 mindful Christmas gifts for people with anxiety”.
Best days for Christmas shopping online
November 1 to November 27
The weekends leading up to Black Friday typically has a lot of early Black Friday sales. These sales are aimed at early-bird shoppers. Don’t get too excited though, as these sales are often just typical sales, but there can be a few great sales in between.
November 28 to November 30
Black Friday is one of the biggest sales all over the world. Many stores, both physical and online, host special Black Friday events throughout the weekend.
Discounted items are often available for only a few hours or it could be a few days. Keep an eye out for special deals throughout these days.
Cyber Monday is a huge deal all around the world, just like Black Friday. This is the absolute best day to go online and score all the amazing sales and deals.
Most stores want in on this action and deals tend to be broad. You can find deals for 30 to 40 percent off, which is a great score.
December in general
There is typically a lot of great deals during December, but as this post is designed to make you do your Christmas shopping early and not at the last minute, I don’t recommend waiting to buy gifts for the last minute.
Best online stores for Christmas shopping
Where do you do your online shopping? Let me know in the comments below…
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