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To beat the blues away...

Giving and receiving presents is equally good for one?s physical and mental well being, writes Monika Adlakha.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 16:22 IST

We have all heard of retail therapy. But did you know that women who don’t shop for gifts or party are more prone to depression? So, don’t waste time, instead waste some money and get ready to have a rocking time ahead.

Fun unlimited: Women all over the world love shopping and what better than buying presents. Psychiatrists say like shopping which has therapeutic values, giving and receiving presents is equally good for one’s physical and mental well being.

“It makes one feel better,” says clinical psychiatrist Samir Parikh. “Such unrestrained acts of self-indulgence can do a lot of good,” feels Sunaina Kumar, who doesn’t wait for occasion to buy gifts. “More than anything else, it is an exercise to please oneself. It helps drive away the blues,” says Anshu, BPO executive.

It is shopping, but with a difference. You don’t end up buying unnecessary stuff but something that you desired and yearned for long — a sleek cellphone or a diamond set — anything which makes you feel good.

And if that’s not enough to cheer you, psychiatrists suggest you to let your hair down. “Partying is a destressing exercise. It helps you rejuvenate,” says Anita Singh, a young scribe.

Feel good factor: And according to the survey, it is younger women who tend to indulge in such activities. But what fuels such a trend among the GenNext? Their fast-paced lifestyle, good income and booming market — all of which come sans any strings attached.

For them, it is time to rejoice and which needs no rhyme or reason. For some, it is just like paying a visit to the doctor. “I start sulking if I don’t shop for gifts,” feels Radha Kaur.

Confirming that avoiding such activities could have unpleasant effects, Parikh adds, “To avoid bouts of depression, indulge in such activities.” And at times indulgence is better than abstinence. Well, if this doesn’t please you, I hope you know where’s the party tonight?