You probably know these situations. Your day was stressful or you have trouble with your partner? And now you feel like you have to treat yourself. In these moments, our good intentions to save more or spend money more wisely take a back seat. In the short term, the desire for comfort is stronger and afterwards we are annoyed that we spent too much again.
Do you spend more money when you’re stressed or unhappy?
Sometimes we just need comfort and a little endorphin boost to make the day a little better. And then you go out to eat even though the fridge is still full. Or click on “Order now” because the next conversation with your boss might go better in new clothes.
What do I actually want?
Before you buy something next time, ask yourself: What do I really want right now? Do I really want new things? Or do I just want to feel the closeness of my friends again and talk for hours? Do I really want new clothes for work? Or do I want the professional recognition of my colleagues? Often, fundamental needs lie behind our material desires. And quite often, these needs can be fulfilled without money.
Feeling good without spending money
Try making a list of things that make you feel calmer and put you in a content, happy mood. Write the list down and the next time you have a really awful day, get the list out and pick something. Here are our Fabit suggestions for you:
- A walk in nature
- Get up really early and watch the sunrise
- Dive into another world with a movie or a book
- Cooking a time consuming meal just for you
- Consciously cuddle with your cat or dog
- Thinking up a surprise for a loved one
What are the little things that make you happy?