Shopping Doesn’t Help Your Mental Health

Hello everyone,

It’s been over a year since I shared my mental health blog post. Still to this day, it’s one of my most popular posts, do you know why? Because it’s relatable. I’ve been back & forth trying to decide if I wanted to write a new post about this. But being an avid blog reader myself I’ve noticed that there is a HUGE stigma when talking about depression.

Well, I’m here to say that depression SUCKS… Yesterday I sat in my bed & cried, I felt so down & upset for absolutely no reason. This got me thinking, people always say “I’ll be so happy when I get a new car/house/clothes”. I was one of those people, relying on material things to bring me happiness. But the thing is you can have the best & fanciest of everything but depression doesn’t care about that.  

Buying things makes me momentarily happy but the horrible thoughts & feelings are still there. They don’t disappear just because I went shopping. I know it’s ironic that I’m posting about shopping not helping a person when my blog is based around buying the newest clothes/makeup. While I will continue to post about these things I always want to show you the other side of life. The side that not everyone shows on social media.

People post about their perfect house, car, life when 90% of the time it’s fake. Completely & utterly fake. The things that people share online are the good things that they want you to see. They’re not going to post about the fight they had with their partner or the fact that they can’t make rent this month. People only show bright shiny things, people rarely show the difficult times but they still happen!

I was the worst for letting other people’s lives on social media bring me down when in reality I am blessed to have a good life.

Yes I suffer from depression, yes most days I don’t want to talk to anyone or leave my house but I’m lucky. I’m lucky that I have a job to go to, a house to provide shelter & a loving family to support me no matter what.

So the next time you’re feeling down about not having the newest things just take a minute to remember that depression doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter if you have all the money in the world or if you don’t have two coins to rub together. What matters is that you take care of your mental health first, it’s so so important.

Mental Health

Until next time,
Louise, xo

6 comments

  1. I've been suffering from depression for a couple of years and some days I feel so down that I just want to l ay in bed all day. But I'm a mom and I know that I have to have the will to keep going. Thank you for the post.

  2. Thank you for your honesty here. You make a good point that people put their best sides first on social media, so it's a little alienating to think you're the only one who's suffering. I've had depression my whole life, and even though I have a wonderful life with many loving friends and family members, people don't understand that: depression doesn't care about that. Thanks again for this real and honest take.

  3. First, thank you so much for your honesty regarding depression. This was definitely a post that I related to …. it sucks so much to be experiencing a major down period where you cannot even fathom getting out of bed or doing anything else.

    You're totally right that depression doesn't care about the material possessions we have, but social media 100% contributes to my unhappiness sometimes (as well as my need to spend excessively).

    Wishing you all the best this year.

  4. It's such a horrible feeling but we just need to remember that even though we have bad days they'll pass! There's always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we can't see it right away!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post <3

  5. Thank you so much for reading! Sometimes people who don't suffer find it hard to understand but we just nee to remember that it's ok to feel down some days, just remember that the good times will always outweigh the bad. <3

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