Putting on weight is the number one thing that will knock a women’s confidence. 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.
Finding out they have been the subject of gossip also impacts on how a women starts her day and four out of ten women said that if someone ignores them their self-esteem plummets.
Despite this, 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 into the confidence of 3,000 Brits commissioned by Seven Seas Health Oils.
Sarah Day, Marketing Manager for Seven Seas Health Oils said: “During the big winter cover up, people tend to neglect their bodies, especially the parts you can’t see.”
“Women can feel under real pressure to look good often comparing themselves to their friends and partners which only makes them feel worse. However, the good news is that body confidence increases with age with those over 55 more body confident than those aged 25 – 34.”
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.
Other things that knock a women’s confidence are broken and chipped nails, being poorly, getting tagged in unflattering pictures on Facebook and wearing the same outfit as someone else.
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.”
What makes you lose confidence the most?