An Introvert’s Guide to Shopping

Introverts often dread shopping as they tend to feel overwhelmed by endless racks of clothing in a bustling store. While you may never love shopping, it doesn’t have to be as painful as you might think. So, keep on reading for our introvert’s guide to shopping, therefore make it as pleasant and effortless as possible.

Take stock of your closet, and decide what you need most.


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Do not wait until you’re physically at the store to figure out what you need. Instead, do your research to be prepared. You’ll only end up prolonging your shopping trip and feeling even more overwhelmed. By taking stock of your closet, you can decide what you need most and you’ll save valuable time and energy. Just prioritize your “wish list” in case you don’t have time to shop for everything.

Prior to your shopping trip, visit the store’s website and get an idea of their styles and prices.

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By scoping out a store’s selection in advance, you’ll have time to wrap your head around the options and spare yourself the pain of navigating a bewildering selection of choices at the store. Just make a mental note of what interests you, and read reviews to get smart purchases. Also, you may try shopping online as introverts tend to love shopping from the comfort of their homes. However, online shopping can be a hassle if you order the wrong size and need to return the item to a brick-and-mortar store. Instead of making wild guesses, use information from your in-person shopping to inform your choices online.

Shop first thing in the morning or right before a shop closes.

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Before heading to the shop, consider timing. Since huge crowds are an introvert’s nightmare, avoid shopping during peak times. To avoid getting caught in a mob of frenzied shoppers, time your shopping trips strategically by shopping in the morning or right before a shop closes to enjoy shorter lines. Also, stay energized by taking mini-breaks for water, snacks, or a simply a quiet moment away from the fray.

Shop for only as long as you feel fresh and energized.

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Introverts tend to feel drained after prolonged exposure to stimulating environments.  However, if you hate shopping, you may be tempted to pull off an epic shopping spree in one day. Rather than trying to endure a shopping marathon, break up your shopping into several short and manageable trips and only shop when you feel fresh and energized. This way, you’ll be more productive and comfortable knowing that you can leave before you reach the point of exhaustion. By heeding our simple tricks, you can make each shopping trip more pleasant and you’re also less likely to dread shopping in the future.

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