Ah Holiday Shopping. Where people lose all sense of rational behavior. Here is a typical day of shopping:
You awake in a stupor, remnants of a hazy dream still vague in your memory. You quickly dress and throw on a bit of make up and off you go. You’re one of them now. An early bird, out for a great deal. A shopper. Looking for a bargain.
You patiently wait outside the store in a long line. Others pace and try to stay warm. You hold your mug of coffee close keeping the steam near your face trying to stay warm. As the sun slowly crests the horizon a store employee unlocks the door and the long line dwindles as shoppers file into the store.
You quickly make your way to the housewares department and quickly tic several items off of your list. Proud that you have 3 of the 10 items you are out shopping for today already ticked off your list.
You watch as people elbow one another out of the way and try to grab the last of an item. Smiling to yourself you remember that it is on sale at another store and they also will take a rain check.
Wisely, you are prepared to avoid “Shoppers Syndrome”. What is “Shoppers Syndrome”? Shoppers Syndrome is where a shopper tends to lose all sense of reality and responsibility. Often acting in irrational ways, pushing and shoving, yelling at other shoppers or store employees and exhibiting selfish and horrible behavior.
You have some great preventative measures. You plan to meet your best friend in about 30 minutes at the coffee shop where you will take a nice break and sip a cup of coffee and down some water to quench your thirst and keep yourself hydrated.
After your break you and your friend are going to go to another store where you each have a few items to pick up. Since these particular items aren’t necessarily a popular item you shouldn’t have any problem finding them. Sometimes going off the beaten path is the best way to shop.
Walking into the next shop you and your friend have a nice visit and catch up on old times. You help each other choose colors and find the check stand with the shortest line. It seems to go faster when you have a friend.
After lunch you head to your last shop. This is a specialty store and your last few items are here. You have already scoped them out and know just where each item is located. You pick up your last few items and smile knowing that you are only a few blocks from home. You started your shopping at the farthest point from home and worked your way back home.
You are a very wise shopper. You have stayed hydrated, paced yourself, shopped with a friend, taken a few breaks and kept to a list in order to avoid Shoppers Syndrome and burnout. You and your wise friend have several short shopping trips planned out in the next several weeks. You have learned to make this a relaxing time and to go with the flow. Avoiding the unruly crowds and treasuring a friendship.