With just over a month to Christmas, consumerism and spending is about to hit overdrive, which had me thinking about one's relationship with that which our money buys and it's effect on our mental health. One doesn't always realise that it really is a relationship, be it a good one where you're continually buying more and more stuff, or whether it's a bad one where you neglect your stuff. From what I've been reading, both of these "relationship statuses" can be bad for one's mental health and fuel depression. Kinda "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario, I guess. So what's your relationship status with your 'stuff'? and does it stress you out, either wanting the new model or the fact that your old model has been sitting idle for almost 12 months? Five things everybody needs to know about materialism Ironically, none of these sites tell you to stop buying stuff or to buy more stuff as a solution, it seems more a case of setting one's mental state at ease.