Design For Life

Design for Life: How can I rein in my wild spending online?

This week, clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan advises a reader who is struggling to shake off the bad shopping habits she picked up during the pandemic

Compulsive shopping, especially online, is a very real concern but with the right toolkit you can break this behaviour. Picture: Getty

Dear Expert,

When the pandemic began, like a lot of people I was able to save money. I used it to buy myself treats from time to time. They’d be little things that I’d find online, clothes or other things that caught my fancy. I loved getting those packages at my door and opening the boxes, they were like gifts to myself.

The thing is that now we're back to a more regular lifestyle, I’ve ...