De-Stress and Shop!

How do you de-stress and relax? Is it with a good book, a glass of wine or a spot of Internet shopping?

According to a new survey in The Daily Mail 85% of women secretly splurge on luxury items be it shoes, bags or chocolates to feel better. And it’s not just women who are at it. 55% of men also have a secret spending habit splashing out on DVDs, and sports equipment often without their partner’s knowledge.

The survey found, shopping for feel good items is such a stress reliever that some people even admit to shopping in the middle of the night when their partner is asleep.

The reasons why we do it in secret is it seems, both financial and emotional. (1) We don’t really want our other half to know how much we spend and (2) We don’t want to admit how shopping makes us feel better

If you’re currently feeling guilty about all your secret purchases let us help you to feel better. Psychologists have found that treating yourself to a feel good buy is good for you. So much so that has a positive impact on your mood with few negative emotional side effects.

Better still the study published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing in the U.S concluded that retail therapy purchases were overwhelmingly beneficial for us, leading to less stress all round (as long as you shop within budget).

So, what better reason than to get shopping right now! As for what to buy, well you tell us? What’s your best de-stress buy? Is it beauty, food orientated or fashion-led? Let us know.

Chocolate is the food of love for Valentine’s Day

If you’re stuck for a choice of gifts for Valentine’s Day look no further than chocolate. Aside from being the road to many a person’s heart, chocolate, say Scientists stimulates a huge feel-good factor. This in turn is linked to feelings of wellbeing and all because chocolate tastes so good.

Research also shows that sampling a chocolate induces sensations that could (possibly) be more pleasurable than listening to your favourite music, winning the lottery, or falling in love.

Chocolate also gets right to the heart of sexual pleasure by increasing the brain’s feel-good brain chemical, level of serotonin, which plays a major role in emotional health and feeling relaxed.

Will any old chocolate do? Well, yes and no. The better the grade of chocolate and the more diverse the flavour and the better the sensations. Which is why at Riverside we have a selection of outstanding chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re tempted choose from: Garden Flavoured Chocolate Truffles

£7.99, which have 12 different flavours including: Rose, Blackcurrant, Apple, Raspberry, Orange, Cherry, and Rhubarb,

Then we have our bestselling – Champagne Truffles £10.99 and our White Chocolate Lavender Truffles £10.99 – both are ideal if you’re planning a romantic dinner for two.

So will you be giving chocolate for Valentine’s day? Let us know.