Stress and anxiety and financial security rank high on the list, new survey shows
This is what women don’t want.
Wellness website Everyday Health recently polled 3,000 females between the ages of 25 to 65 to try to distill the factors that influence why women feel the way they do about their personal wellness. The No. 1 thing plaguing women in the survey: Stress and anxiety, something 43% of women report negatively affecting them.
Among the brand’s other findings, released today, were that nearly half of all women — 41% — report their weight and waist size are things that negatively influenced their personal wellness, landing this on the No. 2 spot on the list. This was equally pronounced across women of all ages, though body image issues seem to especially plague millennial women.
For women under 36, self-image is a heavy burden, with 38% saying they’re uncomfortable with how they see themselves. The good news: This worry dissipates as we grow older, with less than a quarter of baby boomers saying this was something which bothered them. That said, an overwhelming number of respondents (87%) say that they prefer to spend their money on a vacation, spa trip or fitness class over an aesthetic procedure.
Meanwhile, just over a quarter of women say that concerns about financial security negatively affect their personal wellness. Again, about a third of millennial women check this box, though interestingly, 38% of the younger respondents say that they’d rather feel secure “because of my rocking body than my rocking bank account.” This was a sentiment that was especially common among self-employed women (44%), black women (43%), and those who are employed but dissatisfied with their work.
As women get older, issues around financial security become less pronounced: Only 19% of women over 50 report fretting excessively over their financial future. This isn’t exactly surprising: many millennials— particularly those currently in their 30s — entered the workforce during the Great Recession and still haven’t found high-paying work. They also have little confidence in entitlement programs like Social Security being sufficiently solvent for them when they eventually retire.
The Everyday Health poll also extended into the realm of sexual wellness. Less than a third of all women say that the thought of being naked makes them smile rather than cringe, with Gen Xers reporting particularly low satisfaction on this front. Meanwhile millennial women (37%) and those living in the Northeast (32%) are likelier than their older counterparts and those in other geographic regions to say that they’ve had satisfying sex in the last year.
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