A study of women’s confidence commissioned by vitamins, minerals and health supplements firm Healthspan was announced this week. The study was reported in the press below:
The research of 2,000 females aged 50 and above found levels of confidence are low among one in 10.
The results suggested that a lack of confidence and self-esteem is causing women over 50 to feel depressed, anxious and even ‘trapped’.
Researchers identified the triggers which cause this negative impact on confidence as weight gain (27 per cent), a feeling of isolation (23 per cent) and a loss of libido (18 per cent).
Worryingly, a lack of confidence has prevented a quarter from socialising with their friends, held 22 per cent back in their career and had a negative effect on family life among nine per cent.
It also emerged the menopause is a huge trigger on a woman’s confidence levels with 29 per cent saying the impact of ‘the change’ is under-rated.
A third even went as far as to say they no longer feel like the person they once were.
Dr Meg Arroll, a psychologist specialising in health who works with Healthspan, said: “This survey has highlighted the degree to which women’s confidence and mental health can be affected by getting older – and our ageist society has played a role here.
“The more we discuss this openly, the more we can protect women’s mental health as nearly 30 per cent of the survey respondents said they felt the impact of the peri-menopause and the menopause was under-rated.
“However, we must also celebrate age and experience, as over a third of the women stated that they felt comfortable in their own skin, with more saying that they believed confidence was highest during their 50s than any other decade.
“Therefore, it’s important to both tackle the underlying triggers for confidence drains, whilst focusing on the areas that make women in midlife unstoppable.”
The study found poor memory recall, not feeling as fit as you once were and going through the menopause are among the triggers most likely to affect a woman’s confidence. With four in 10 said hot flushes at work have also had a negative impact on their confidence.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, with being of an age where you feel comfortable in your own skin named as the biggest confidence booster, along with a ‘killer’ outfit and hearing the words ‘I love you’.
Other confidence boosters revealed in the survey carried out via OnePoll, include taking part in hobbies, being self-sufficient and spending time with friends.
TOP 20 CONFIDENCE BLOWS FOR WOMEN OVER 50…
Feeling less fit than you once were
Having a bad night’s sleep
Feeling tired generally
Forgetting things that you once easily remembered
Inability to lose weight no matter how hard you try
Having to buy an item of clothing a size bigger than usual
Experiencing a bad hair day
Someone thinking you are older than you are
Feeling like you have inferior knowledge to the person you are speaking to
Hitting the menopause
Waking up with bad skin
Experiencing brain fog at work
Not being invited to a social gathering with friends
Having sweat patches that show through your clothes
Having a hot flush at work
Finding a grey hair
Realising that you are the oldest in your team at work
Seeing your partner look at younger women
Someone asks if you are pregnant and you are not
TOP 20 CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS FOR WOMEN OVER 50…
Feeling comfortable in your own skin
Feeling positive about your weight
Wearing an outfit that is flattering in all the right places
Being told ‘I love you’
Receiving a compliment from someone you know
Waking up feeling refreshed from a good night’s sleep
Spending time in nature
Spending time with your close friends
Receiving a compliment from a stranger
Receiving a compliment about your youthful looks
Having perfectly styled hair
Working on your hobbies
The feeling of being self-sufficient
Receiving a smile from a stranger
Returning from holiday and feeling great
The feeling of having good knowledge of a subject
Being good at your job
Being complimented on a new outfit
Feeling like a valued member of your community
Wearing a full face of make up
Do any of the blows or boosters resonate with you?
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