Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof.
Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
Stress is something that a lot of people have to deal with every day. Whether it’s at work, at home or even out and about, we’ve all seen the effects that stress can have on a person.
Participating in fun activities such as shopping is a great way of blowing off some steam, but even shopping can sometimes turn into a stressful time.
To celebrate Stress Awareness Month, we’ve come up with a couple of ways you can combat the effects of stress and enjoy your shopping experience.
Our first big tip is to dress in an appropriate manner, wearing something that you feel comfortable in and a pair of shoes that aren’t likely to start hurting after a couple of hours.
There is nothing worse than getting an hour into your shopping trip and having to cut it short because you can’t walk anymore. You’re going to be on your feet for a while, so think ahead.
Wearing a comfy outfit is essential if you’re going clothes shopping as well, as you don’t want to be trying to squeeze out of a skin-tight dress or jeans for every item you try on.
If you’ve got a long day of shopping ahead of you, it’s important that you don’t do it on an empty stomach.
Shopping without any food in your belly is never a good idea, and can end up making you feel tired and even annoyed. Walking around takes up a surprising amount of energy, so you need to counter balance that with some tasty food.
Lucky for you, places like Angel Central have some fantastic restaurants and food spots for you to get some grub. Staying hydrated is key too for similar reasons. We suggest always keeping a water bottle in your bag; you never know when you might need a sip.
The key to any successful shopping trip is to make a plan of which shops you want to go in and have much money you’re going to allow yourself to spend.
By having a clear idea of which shops you definitely want to visit, you can plan ahead on how much you’d want to spend and make sure you get enough time in each place. There is nothing worse than finding a great deal in a shop but you’ve already blown your budget.
If you’re a big spender, then you’re probably used to carrying around half a dozen bags on each arm. This is not ideal for you or for the people you keep knocking into either.
By bringing your own bags, you can cut out the middleman and put your newly bought items straight into your bag. Not only does this mean less bags for you to carry, but you’re also doing your part for the environment.
More and more shops are charging for plastic bags now in an effort to cut down, so get ahead of the curve and start bringing your own.
As a lot of people have realised (especially begrudged partners), clothes shopping can take a long, long time.
Trying on new clothes can be a lengthy task, because we essentially give ourselves a private fashion show within the confines of the changing room walls. This is not the problem though. The problem is the time we waste on trying on clothes that we know aren’t the right fit or style.
We’ve all tried something on that is a little too small and got frustrated for a hot minute, but we don’t need to put ourselves through this. By knowing your fit, you can pick items that are guaranteed to fit you and will make the trying on experience a little bit easier and a lot less stressful.
This may sound a little anti-social, but going solo might be a good idea if you’re looking to buy for yourself.
Shopping with friends is a fantastic experience and you shouldn’t rule this out, but if you’ve got a few things in mind that you want to look for then we suggest going out on your own.
Going at it alone will allow you to spend all the time you want in a shop without people getting bored or wanting to move on to different things. It also means that you don’t have to spend time waiting around for other people and risk not making it before the shop closes.
If you’re looking for a stress-free shopping experience, then why not try going on your own for once?
Last but not least, shopping is supposed to be a fun experience so make the most of it and enjoy yourself.
Sometimes the best way to relieve some stress is to treat yourself to a new pair of shoes or a really good book. Shopping shouldn’t be a stressful experience, so don’t let it be.
If you’ve followed our stress-free tips, then your next trip to the shops should be smooth sailing.
Got any other tips to help with relieving the effects of stress? Let us know!