‘I need to go to therapy soon, and by therapy I mean Target.’ Roaming the aisles as self-care?


On days she feels particularly stressed, Shamita Jayakumar knows the quickest way to ease her mind.

“I’ll just go to Target and wander the aisles,” she says. “So soothing.”

Every other week or so, the 32-year-old tech worker drives to the sprawling location off Jefferson Boulevard in Culver City and zigzags through the cleaning, camping, cooking, book and beauty aisles. She browses for an hour or two, although it’s hard to say exactly how long, because time feels like it stops. Sometimes she leaves with only a few items, but more often than not, she walks in with a list of two or three things and walks out with $200 of merchandise.

Jayakumar shops at Target in Culver City about every other week.

(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

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