February Workshop: Psychology of Spending

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Wellness goes beyond just exercising and eating well. At Alexandria Wellness, we put an emphasis on addressing all areas of your life including relationships, stress tolerance, mindset, language, sleep, habits, and accepting your body.

For many people, stress tolerance is an area that often needs improvement. With our busy schedules, family demands, long commutes, finances, and never ending to do lists, it’s no wonder we feel like we just can’t get a handle on our stress. 

And one major source of stress: money. This is why we are excited to partner with SDFCU for a workshop on the Psychology of Spending.

Overspending can lead to stress and anxiety, and take away from important saving goals, like a down payment for a house, college, or retirement. Making smarter spending decisions can help to lower the stress and anxiety surrounding our finances.



Understanding why we’re making certain decisions on a psychological level will help us to improve our finances and lower our stress.

Do you ever wonder why you left the mall with $500 worth of clothes when you were not planning to get anything or why you bought one pair of shoes over another? It is not just personal preference. Psychologists have found there are several forces that govern our consumer behavior and cause us to make decisions that are not necessarily rational or in our best interest.

Join us for this 45-minute workshop presented by SDFCU as we cover factors that commonly affect the psychology of our spending, including:

  • •The Role of Advertising
  • •Keeping Up with the Joneses
  • •Spending Habits
  • •Impulse Buying
  • •Bargain Hunting
  • •Retail Therapy
  • •Money as Love
  • •I’ll Worry About Tomorrow, Tomorrow

You can register here.


  • The latest from Adrien
Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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