Just shop around to beat stress!


We’re told the ‘high street’ is dead. The cause of death, according to the coroners in the media, is the internet.

Many of us don’t have the time or the inclination to go shopping and would rather come home from work in the evenings and spend hours hunched over our PC keyboards ordering clothes, groceries and household items.

In the words of Victor Meldrew . . . “I don’t believe it!”

I can only go by the evidence I see with my own eyes. When I wander around our towns and cities the streets seem busy with shoppers.

And I don’t just visit coffee shops! No, sometimes I go wild and pop into a tea shop.

If a town/city centre offers a variety of independent and chain stores, people will shop there, especially if new, innovative ideas attract them, like the latest from Marks and Spencer.

Based on an idea of comedienne Ruby Wax, who’s admitted to having had mental health problems, several M & S branches will offer stress therapy run by experienced volunteers in their restaurants, which, during these sessions will be called “Ruby’s Frazzled Cafe”.

A spokesman said: ‘Frazzled Cafe meetings are designed not just for the one-in-four Britons* who will suffer a mental illness at some point, but for the four-in-four overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life.

“They’re a simple, pressure-free way of tackling what can be a taboo subject – feeling stressed”

(*As the population of the U.K. is around 64 million, that’s 16 million of us. – which is astonishing.)

I hope the scheme spreads all over the UK. But we can all start becoming de-stressed by spending less time ordering online and more time in our shopping centres.

You might even spot me in a coffee shop. Or maybe a tea shop. I’m such a tease!