OMG! You have no idea how long i have waited for someone else to say this. I thought it was just me...losing my mind...bit by bit. I feel that chasing too. So sometimes i force myself to physically stop moving in the store and make a 360 degree scan and ask myself, what is everyone doing around me and how close are they? if someone gets too close, i step aside and let them go by. when i realize that no one is watching me and no one is on my heels, i push forward and accomplish "my mission".
Yes i used to love to shop too. But not anymore. And yes, i try to shop early in the morning or late at night. And no i will not shop if the parking lot is full and for me, it's not a loss or a strike against myself---i dont shop when the parking lot is full because i know that when i spend less than 5 minutes in that store, i will lose touch with reality. voices and sounds will echo, noises are enhanced including the shuffling of feet and literally, my world begins to spin. And i thought it only happened in movies.
Thanks for sharing.