Things are not going to make you happy right now -- so if you are feeling stressed out over something, retail therapy is definitely not the way to go. Sure, you'll feel powerful buying something shiny and new for yourself -- for a couple hours. Then, whatever you are avoiding dealing with will be right there again at the front of your mind. Tackle this thing up front and without hesitation. It will not be as bad as you think it will be. In fact, it might even be fun.