There’s a good reason they call shopping retail therapy. Nothing beats stocking up on a new wardrobe to sweep the cobwebs. Whether you’re recovering from a broken heart or trying to forget a stressful week, a good day of shopping can heal most wounds. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel giddy from all those bright shop lights and promises of a better life.
That said, shopping can cause wounds as well as healing them. It may seem strange, but a day of shopping can also lead to a whole host of issues. Some of these are physical, some emotional. But, whatever their root; shopping injuries can be dangerous if you don’t know to look out for them. One minute, you’re flying high on those skinny jeans you just bought, and the next you’re in a muddle.
To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, we’re going to look at ways you can avoid these three common shopping injuries.
The damage to your feet
Anyone’s feet ache after a day in town. If you aren’t careful, you’ll even end up with blisters galore. That should come as no surprise when you consider many shoppers are on their feet from first thing to closing time. It’s not the distance you travel, but more the sheer time scale which can hurt here. But, what can you do to avoid the sting? For one, remember this risk when you’re dressing. You might want to put on heels, but think again. Instead, opt for well worn and comfortable shoes. And, whatever you do, don’t put that new pair on until you’re at home and able to break them in!
The in-shop injuries
A shocking amount of us also suffer in-shop injuries each year. Sometimes, sharp displays result in nasty cuts. Uneven shop flooring also results in trips and falls. If you do receive an injury this way, you’d be within your rights to contact a personal injury and gain compensation from the shop in question. But, wouldn’t it be best to avoid this in the first place? The best way to do that is to pay attention. Often, injuries here are a result of us looking at the products and not much else. Instead, keep your eyes peeled. Look where you’re putting your feet and make sure you don’t lean on anything nasty. If you do spot something, it’s crucial you report it so no one else suffers.
The broken bank balance
Of course, we couldn’t not mention the injury to your bank balance. It’s all too easy to get carried away when you see beautiful things. Before you know, your balance is in the red, and you have no way of paying the debt anytime soon. The best way around this? Stick to a budget, of course. Instead of using your card, leave it at home. Simply take out your maximum budget in cash ahead of time and take that instead. Then, there’s no chance of putting your bank balance in intensive care.