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What’s The Most Self-Conscious Thing People Worry About

By David Saunders  | UPDATED: 05:28, 17 January 2020

From healthy eating to fitness goals, January is known for inspiring people to change something in their lives for the better.

With the most popular New Year’s resolutions relating to appearance, a study has found 1 in 5 (21%) Brits spend up to 10 minutes per day feeling self-conscious about their looks – which equates to 18 days a year!

The research, commissioned by SmileDirectClub, the industry pioneer and first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for transforming smiles, noted that Gen Z spends a staggering 36 minutes per day (8.4 days per year) worrying about their looks, which is 44% higher than the national average (25 minutes).

Meanwhile, baby boomers (55+) feel the most confident above any generation, with 60% of boomers rating their self-esteem as six or higher on a scale of one to ten. 63% of respondents under the age of 55 are not so self-assured, rating their confidence as six or lower on the same scale.

Top 5 things Brits are most self-conscious about:

1.     Teeth (42%)

2.     Hair (24%)

3.     Smile (20%)

4.     Facial hair (17%)

5.     Nose (17%)

The study cites the rise of social media over the last decade as one of the key factors, with one in four Brits admitting that viewing social media platforms negatively impacts their self-esteem. Of those affected, adults age18 to 24 make up 70%.

Looking at specific features Brits feel most self-conscious about, nearly half of people surveyed [42%] list their teeth as their biggest bugbear, followed by hair [24%], and smile [20%].  Over half [51%] admit they tackle their insecurity by smiling with their mouth closed.

When asked why teeth matter so much, one in five respondents cite them as having the power to boost confidence when socialising with friends and on a first date.

Kay Oswald, President of International at SmileDirectClub, said: “It’s disheartening to learn how many people are struggling with their confidence and self-image on a day-to-day basis. Overcoming negative perceptions of ourselves is a vital step to transforming our lives and positively impacting our place in the world. SmileDirectClub is honored to help people rediscover their confidence through affordable and convenient access to a straighter, brighter smile.”

Psychologist Georgina Barnett, M.D. says: “Life is about experiences, relationships, building a career you love, and growing as a person.  Become aware of when you are feeling validated through ‘likes’ or complements or when you are obsessing about your appearance.  This is the first step to change, as only then can you begin to critique your own thinking. Don’t let your identity become all about your appearance.”

Three tips from Dr. Georgina Barnett to make you feel more confident:

1.     Realise social media is an artificial world. People rarely post about the day they wake up anxious, and no one ever posts pictures of themselves when they don’t feel they look their best.

2.     Don’t let your identity become all about your appearance. Life is about experiences, relationships, building a career you love, and growing as a person.  

3.     Become aware of when you are feeling validated through ‘likes’ or complements or when you are obsessing about your appearance.

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