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How Anxiety Affects Our Buying Behaviors
Many of our buying, hoarding, and consuming values and behaviors are closely related to anxiety. As the Coronavirus pandemic rages on around us, and our day-to-day lives are upturned and disrupted, most of us are experiencing anxiety to a lesser or greater extent. How does anxiety affect our buying activities?

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Anxiety encourages us to shop

Throughout time research has proven that shopping enables individuals to relax and forget about their worries. 

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  • Try meditation or any anxiety-busting method that works for you.
  • Look for things that are future-oriented and pleasurable.
  • Do tasks around the house you have been putting off.
  • Think of activities you can still do with your loved ones, even if you can't be with them physically.

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