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Why do malls make me feel ill?


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Okay, strange question for everyone...does anyone else find indoor malls make them sick or fatiqued?

I am starting to wonder if something is wrong with me...anytime I go to a mall, after about 30-40 mins I start to feel unbelievably fatiqued and I feel the need to get out...its feels like I have been tranquilized-my limbs get heavy and I feel the overwhelming desire to lie down...

Its reallly weird...I wonder if it is emotionally related (i.e. overweight=frustrated buying anything to put on my body)... or is it the lighting?  I have had migraine problems in the past.... its really weird...

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malls make me feel ill, too, and i'm not overweight.  i dunno.  maybe rampant materialism is toxic?

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This happens to me a lot too.

In my case, I think it might be the lighting.
I also get what I like to call "shopping leg."  My right thigh gets this weird achy feeling if I've been shopping for too long.  I think I'm just crazy.

I can't stand the feeling of being in a mall, and I won't go near one, unless I'm going for something specific and I know exactly where it is.  On a rare occasion that I agree with PG, I'm sure it's the "rampant materialism."

Same thing happens to me, after 15 minutes I am yawning, lethargic and kinda depressed.  I feel the need to get outside.  Maybe its a lighting/air combo thing. 

it's really weird you posted this because I just went to the mall today and I felt the same way. I was so overwhelmed and thought I was going to have a panic attack

This might sound goofy to some people.  But I believe that feeling is associated with feeling the energy of the place.  Every person, plant and animal has a personal energy signature.  Get enough of these signatures crammed into one place and a sensitive person could experience disturbances in your own energy field. 

Original Post by madamq:

  Every person, plant and animal has a personal energy signature

plants AND animals at the mall?

wheres that mall at?

 

 

 

Wink

I feel this way too. There's the noise, the smells, the people, money stress, body stress, and then I usually start to feel grossed out from trying on clothes. My hair gets messed up and staticy, and the lights are horrible, and then when I start to feel run down what do I do? Grab a salty snack and some caffeine. Awesome. It's really an assault on all of your body's systems, physical and psychological.

I usually have to take a shower and a nap as soon as I get back from the mall.

Original Post by madamq:

This might sound goofy to some people.  But I believe that feeling is associated with feeling the energy of the place.  Every person, plant and animal has a personal energy signature.  Get enough of these signatures crammed into one place and a sensitive person could experience disturbances in your own energy field. 

 Interesting!  I don't know what it is... I do know I almost always feel overwhelmed when I am at the mall and that may be contributing to my "mall fatique"... I suck at shopping...if I buy a shirt, then I realize I have no jacket to go with it and then I remember I have no summer shoes and I remember I have to get a bra and on and on....and I get so totally overwhelmed and wonder how to keep up with all the "stuff" a person needs.... and then there is my children, my husband, gifts for my extended family, grocery shopping etc. etc... All I do is buy stuff.... (along these lines I am reading a book by the UK 'What not to wear' ladies--Trinny and Suzanna--and they give a list 4 pages long of things "every woman" needs in their wardrobe...apparently I am mutant woman because I only own one handbag...in black....)

Starting to suspect my problem is emotionally based...(though fluorecent lighting always makes me feel spaced out)....

Original Post by pgeorgian:

malls make me feel ill, too, and i'm not overweight.  i dunno.  maybe rampant materialism is toxic?

I was going to reply with something about like this, but you saved me the trouble.

I don't get ill at the mall.  I get angry.  Like, Incredible Hulk angry.  I'm not really an angry person anywhere else, but if you drag me into a mall, I feel like kicking people out of my way so I can get to the door.  I think it's a combination of the horrible lighting, the pressure towards mindless consumption, the sucky mall people, the muzac, the people who walk together in a row so you can't get past them, and the overbearing sadness of people buying stupid crap that they don't need and can't afford.

I really hate malls and when it gets to be too much I return to the mother ship: the food court

I used to get lost in the local Macy's store and it's only a small 3 stories and not directly attached to the mall.  I'm still not the biggest fan of shopping.

It's probably a combination of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and things and a lack of familiarity with the place/people/things.

Original Post by medveditsa:

I don't get ill at the mall.  I get angry.  Like, Incredible Hulk angry.  I'm not really an angry person anywhere else, but if you drag me into a mall, I feel like kicking people out of my way so I can get to the door.  I think it's a combination of the horrible lighting, the pressure towards mindless consumption, the sucky mall people, the muzac, the people who walk together in a row so you can't get past them, and the overbearing sadness of people buying stupid crap that they don't need and can't afford.

yeah, this too.

I also get this way but I know it's definitely an anxiety thing for me: I can't stand the large crowds and then I start to feel out of place because everyone seems younger/thinner/richer/happier than me ... sometimes I am lucky if I can last 15 minutes :<

The gallons and gallons and gallons of cheap perfume that everyone wears gets to me. 

I've experienced this for years, particularly in large stores like Walmart. I don't know what causes it, maybe the air or something, but you are not alone!

Original Post by funwow:

Interesting!  I don't know what it is... I do know I almost always feel overwhelmed when I am at the mall and that may be contributing to my "mall fatique"... I suck at shopping...if I buy a shirt, then I realize I have no jacket to go with it and then I remember I have no summer shoes and I remember I have to get a bra and on and on....and I get so totally overwhelmed and wonder how to keep up with all the "stuff" a person needs.... and then there is my children, my husband, gifts for my extended family, grocery shopping etc. etc... All I do is buy stuff.... (along these lines I am reading a book by the UK 'What not to wear' ladies--Trinny and Suzanna--and they give a list 4 pages long of things "every woman" needs in their wardrobe...apparently I am mutant woman because I only own one handbag...in black....)

 

Ha I know that feeling.  I head to the mall when I need to buy something specific, like 5 pairs of slacks for work. I get there and very soon I am staring at a rack, thinking, I just don't care.

Original Post by medveditsa:

I don't get ill at the mall.  I get angry.  Like, Incredible Hulk angry.  I'm not really an angry person anywhere else, but if you drag me into a mall, I feel like kicking people out of my way so I can get to the door.  I think it's a combination of the horrible lighting, the pressure towards mindless consumption, the sucky mall people, the muzac, the people who walk together in a row so you can't get past them, and the overbearing sadness of people buying stupid crap that they don't need and can't afford.

 "Incredible Hulk angry"- lmao- I LOVE it.  Laughing  Ain't that the truth?  I am in such a rush to get from point A to B when I'm in there so I can get the hell out of there permanently.  If there is an old person or a baby stroller in front me, I hurry past them and have flashes in my mind of knocking them out of my way.  I resemble George Castanza during the fire on Seinfeld-- "outta my way, outta my way!!!"

It's a combination of things. Malls are generally closed-in places with no natural lighting (unless they happen to have skylights, which are wonderful but rare!) So you're relying on artificial lighting, which has varying degrees of awfulness. And the air is artificially regulated and recirculated and the more they recirculate it, the more money they save on their heating/cooling bills (because it costs less money to recirculate already-heated air than to bring in cold air from outside...), but the less pleasant it is to be in. And then there's the crowds, the smells from places like perfume shops (ick!) and the noise... a badly-designed mall is a truly hideous place!

They built a mall near my house that was actually a VERY pleasant shopping experience - it had wide open collonades and big vaulted ceilings with tons of skylights, plenty of plants and plenty of comfortable places to sit and rest (and a nice food court.) I'd go there just to have lunch... But most of them are noisy, dark, cramped and generally uncomfortable.

I often find myself getting exhausted shopping and I'm sure it's from the poor lighting and recirculated air.

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