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My Spending Ban is Over! How Did It Go?

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Spending Ban, Review, Mental Health Awareness, anxiety, addictive personalities, screen time, mhbloggers
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April is here already!
How can that be?
How are we already a quarter of the way through 2018?

When I look at my diary and the busy couple of months we have coming up into summer I feel like this year is going to pass by in the blink of an eye. Such a scary thought.

Anyway, enough of that.

With the arrival of April comes the end of my spending ban! It really has gone quickly actually, but how did it go overall and how do I feel now it is over?

(You can read about why I decided to do a spending ban in the first place here)

HOW DID IT GO?

Well, in all honesty it was quite easy. There were of course times I would maybe see an item of clothing I wanted or feel the desire to have a little browse at clothes online or even feel fed up of looking at the same clothes in my wardrobe but those were just little blips and overall I found it easy.

I found the ban a relief actually.

When I find myself mindlessly browsing online all the time I very quickly build up a wish list of clothes and that wishlist takes over my mind and thoughts. I become obsessed with wanting to buy said items of clothing and it becomes quite consuming. Because I knew I couldn't buy any clothes I didn't look online thus taking away that horrible addiction and that weird stress / desire I felt about needing to buy buy buy. I also spent a lot less time on my phone which is always a good thing. I am not a big browser of social media and if I am it is namely Instagram so because, again, I wasn't able to buy clothes I didn't look at clothes online. Less screen time is always a positive thing no matter what.

HOW DO I FEEL NOW IT'S OVER?

I feel happy with myself and liberated because I feel like I have taken control of a very big addiction in my life. I will of course want to shop again now the ban is over but I will be careful about how often I am browsing and always have an idea in mind of what I need or want. For example, I really need some new jeans, a couple of pairs if possible! so when I have the funds I will browse for jeans and jeans only. It has made me much more conscious about spending and again, mindful of screen time. I don't want to go back to hours of endless online browsing and making myself unhappy.

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT FROM THE BAN?

That I am in control of everything in my life. That I am much much happier when I am not staring at a small brightly lit screen of an evening and am actually reading or relaxing. I am trying to lessen my screen time of an evening in general now because I feel it helps with sleep and because I look at a screen enough in the day and it has made me feel better and less stressed. I also have more time in the evenings now so can actually read which is something I am always saying I don't have time to do! Overall I have learnt there is more to life than nice clothes. Yes, I will always love fashion and buying clothes but it isn't at the forefront of my mind now.

WHAT WILL I CHANGE WITH REGARDS TO SPENDING?

As I have previously said, I will be more mindful in my clothing choices rather than impulse buying and will only browse the items of clothing I feel I need. I think I will also limit having a look at clothes to once or twice a week, perhaps a Sunday and Wednesday so I know if I am tempted to browse another day that I am not allowed to. I will also always save for purchases too or sell old clothes to pay for new ones, to make it a bit more frugal.

Have you ever done a spending ban? How did you find it?

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