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The Top 20 Things that will Knock a Woman’s Confidence

Article by Fabafterfifty

What knocks a woman’s confidence? Interestingly not quite what I was expecting, according to the results of a new study.  I was anticipating  relationship breakdown and job redundancies factoring in the top 20 list, but interestingly it would seem chipping our nail varnish or seeing unflattering photos on Facebook have more impact.

Putting on weight is the number one thing that will knock a women’s confidence, the study has revealed.
Feeling like they are carrying an extra few pounds closely followed by having a bad hair day or having bad skin have more of an effect on how a women feels when she walks out the front door than having someone being rude to them.

Most women admit they are their own worst enemy when it comes to feeling bad about themselves with more than a third saying that they are the most likely to knock their own confidence by having negative thoughts and judging themselves too harshly.

The findings emerged in a report in to the confidence of 3,000 Brits commissioned by Seven Seas Health Oils to mark the launch of the new range.

Having more energy increases confidence

Eighty five per cent of women said they wished they had more confidence inside and out with nearly seven out of ten saying that they think they would be happier if they were healthier. In fact women noted that feeling energetic, looking radiant and being in perfect harmony make them feel confident.

One in six feel less confident without make up on and three in ten say that feeling tired and lethargic impacts how they feel.

Professor of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital Martin Cowie said: “Often people don’t think about the impact having good health has on their confidence until there is a problem.
”However putting your health first can boost confidence. The good news is that there are easy steps people can take to make themselves healthier such as exercising regularly, going to bed an hour earlier and ensuring an adequate intake of vitamins as part of a healthy balanced diet.”

The top 20 things that will knock a women’s confidence:

Putting on weight
Having bad skin
A bad hair day
People gossiping about you
Someone being rude to you
Being ignored
Jeans not doing up
Having a muffin top
Being underdressed
Getting tagged in unflattering pictures on Facebook
Having no energy
Having mood swings
Not having make up on
Not being able to work things out quick enough
Having cracked lips
Aching joints
Broken nails
Having a thin friend
Being sick or poorly
Wearing the same outfit as someone else

What are your confidence boosters and deflaters?

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  1. Jan King

    December 8, 2011

    A real confidence-booster is to have someone say something nice to you or to give you praise. That’s Day-Maker for me! And having someone totally believe in you is also so important — that can carry you anywhere, any time!

  2. celia

    January 2, 2013

    No matter how much we try to move away from it, looking good is a really important to a woman. I wonder whether if this is something we feel within ourselves or whether it’s society’s expectation?

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      January 3, 2013

      Interesting question Celia. And the same pressure does not appear to exist for men – so often I hear comments about women having ‘let themselves go’, with no similar comments made about men!

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