I was 22. I decided to forget about the whole day by drinking a triple shot of tequila. Spoiler alert: that turned out not to be the smartest decision I've ever made.
I hurt so badly the next morning I could barely muster the strength to drag my butt to a wedding that afternoon. But being in your 20's is all about rallying, and I had RSVP'd "yes." I didn't bother to put on makeup, I just threw on a dress and dragged my butt into the church. I was late, but I was there. Turned out I picked the wrong door, though, as I found myself face to face with the bride, RIGHT before she walked down the aisle.
After nearly dying of mortification and the most hideous hangover I've ever experienced, I decided triple shots were not the answer to life's problems.
So what's a girl to do when life gets stressful? In true girl fashion, I started buying things. Frivolous, unnecessary and expensive, things. Something I would not normally purchase for myself. Example?
After my family dog passed away; I bought my first iPhone.
I got in (another) car accident; I bought a plane ticket to Europe.
Most recently, my best friend from work retired. I bought a skirt from Anthropologie. FULL PRICE.
In my defense, I'm not running to the store every time I feel the least bit stressed. Its every once in awhile, when life is overwhelming with bad, I break down and abuse my credit card. If I was running to Anthro every time my boss was a jerk , we'd have a real problem. At least now my stress reaction has long term benefits: a sweet statement skirt added to my wardrobe and a phone with 4G.
I'm not saying this is a healthy coping mechanism. I'm not suggesting YOU do the same. In fact, if you have a better suggestion how to deal with stress, please tell me! If I ever had a real life disaster, this habit could kill my credit score.