Tag: Stress

Anxiety Marketplace turns stress shopping into a way to help others

When Jolie DeFeis is anxious, she likes to indulge in some retail therapy. And she was definitely feeling anxious.

It was March and the Brooklyn resident, 27, had just lost her job in product operations at the fitness app Classpass when the COVID-19 pandemic started shutting down businesses. A company whose business model hinges on people frequenting dozens of different gyms and boutique studios each month was among the first to close — and will likely be among the last to return.

Courtesy Jolie De Feis
Courtesy Jolie De Feis

With the stay-at-home order in full effect by the end of March, DeFeis went

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Stress shopping is a real thing. Don’t let it hurt your finances

Abi Oyewole of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, says she turned to “stress spending” during the coronavirus pandemic. Her outlet of choice: Buying strawberry and blueberry plants as well as herbs to tend on her balcony.

A first-time gardener, Oyewole said her purchases delivered a mental health benefit at a stressful time, especially as she’s disabled, which places her in a high-risk group for the disease. The recent protests across many U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd has also raised her anxieties from her experiences as a black woman, such as being followed by police officers, she adds.

“When you

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