When retail therapy gets out of hand
How many of us have splashed out on purchases only to wish we hadn’t later? Sometimes we’re lucky and we can return or exchange them if we’re not feeling guilty about it! But what if this behaviour becomes more ominously compulsive?
Please read how one courageous client, Susan O, speaks candidly about how she faced up to her problem - and addressed it.
“When I made my first vision board, things were not going well for me or my daughter; we both felt stuck in a rut and I was compensating with retail therapy. I’m a district nurse with a full-time job looking after people - and also a single mum.”
“One year on, I feel like a real visionary, living my life on a whole different level since I overhauled my home through de-cluttering and Feng Shui placement. My daughter has benefited enormously too and now participates in this activity. With her own vision board to inspire her, I have watched Laura grow stronger and become more confident every day, even taking on a job that would not have been possible before. Having left school early because of bullying, she has been awarded a distinction at the end of her first year in college.”
“For me Feng Shui & Decluttering is applied therapy. You’re not just sitting around talking about what you think and feel, you are actually doing the therapy on the hoof. It’s a dynamic process and there’s no avoiding change that results unless you just stop acting on the advice.”
“When I first started de-cluttering, I became acutely aware that I’d been acting out on my home what had been going on inside me. So the Feng Shui task became more than simply shifting pieces of furniture around. It’s like my cupboards were the inside of my head and Mary gently accompanied me to look inside them and unpack and get rid of what was no longer serving me.”
“Every time I handled something, I touched the emotion associated with it – so over time 12 months I was shedding the layers of shame and my mindset has improved accordingly, without me having to work at it.”
“It’s a very understated therapeutic approach yet utterly transformative and with immediate effect. Mary is a such a brilliant facilitator, non-intrusive, very allowing, not prescriptive, and with a huge sense of ethic.”
“I enjoyed each session for the rare occasion it gave me to focus on myself. I was enthusiastically engaged in creating a space where my vision could unfold. I feel as though I’ve fallen in love with myself and my creativity – and this is empowering. I've noticed that this shift is long-lasting and sustains even after the feng shui session is over.”
“I visit homes all the time and sometimes I see people who have far more than me. I feel very blessed and fortunate because the things I have around me now I have chosen with care and placed with awareness. And because there is so much more than before, I enjoy them even more.”
“Before I was buying more than I needed, trying to fill a void. I was burdened by the bags of shopping which created extra stress for me when I got home and had to find somewhere to put it all!” “It’s been so cathartic. I could never go backwards now.”