Fear of gaining weight, worrying about wobbly bits and deciding what to wear takes over 12 hours and four minutes of our lives every month. This results in 627 hours (roughly a month) every year women spend worrying about how they look.
These worrying statistics from a recent study show that anxiety over weight and choosing outfits causes a serious amount of concern for most women. If we’re not worried about our weight, chances are we’re stressing over our skin and hair, according to the study.
The average female reportedly spends 50 minutes a week deciding what to wear, and then spends a further hour and a half worrying about what outfit was chosen. Even underwear poses a problem, with many women spending 39 minutes a week deciding which skivvies look best.
The research found that being overweight is our biggest concern, with many of us worrying for up to an hour and 46 minutes a week about whether or not we’ve gained weight.
This fear leads us to spend another hour and 26 minutes on top of this trying to cover up ‘problem areas’. On the flip side of this, looking too thin is also a concern, making women worry for a further 22 minutes every week.
Other concerns include our complexions – with worries about spots, tan and tone taking up over 2 hours of worry each week. A third of ladies also stress over the condition of their hair, feeling anxious for 57 minutes a week.
A worrying statistic also revealed that on average, on nine days every month women have no confidence at all about how they look. Choosing to cover any perceived flaws, nine out of 10 women admit to selecting an outfit that hides the parts of the body they dislike the most.
While 48% of women say they are aware they probably spend far too much time worrying about their appearance, few choose to do anything to change this. For some people, a poor sense of self-image is due to negative thought patterns. This is something that could be helped with hypnotherapy. To find out more please see our low self-confidence and low self-esteem pages.
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