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Do You Put Too Much Pressure on Yourself?

A recent study finds that more than half of women aged 35 to 55 are unhappy with their looks, and that 80% say that they put pressure on themselves to look better. Do you think you put too much pressure on yourself to look a certain way?

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phree2b phree2b 9 years
I do. It seems where ever you go, even the Post Office, someones inspecting you. Some people can be so bold/rude. And I live in a little town in North Carolina. I know it's a zillion times worse in for instance where I was born, L.A
Peyote Peyote 9 years
I wish I didn't...
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Day to day I really don't feel the pressure because I'm living out in the country doing my own thing. I'm at an age where I accept myself "warts and all" because in my case you can't fight genetics!!! But when we have to revisit our old life ( we 're retired and transplanted), my wrinkles do seem a little worse. My middle looks that much thicker and then I'm concerned with the clothes I'll wear! I really hate the insecure feelings that surface. But when I'm just everyday me I'm fine.
potterlove potterlove 9 years
I never really thought of it, but I do. I think I have a little extra baggage, that's why I always try to look chic. Well, I love all my materialistic possesions, but that's a different story! :)
strawberryfield strawberryfield 9 years
i feel often very bad and i put really much pressure on myself.
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I FEEL pressured to look good sometimes, but I don't put that much pressure on myself.
sassy3lady sassy3lady 9 years
Only occasionally do I put too much pressure on myself, like for interviews or a night out with the girls. (I can't be the bummy looking friend in the group.) Actually I'm quite relaxed all of the time about how I look & how I take care of myself. Sometimes relaxed to the point that I don't mind leaving the house looking like a bum & more often than not my hair is in a pony tail. maybe i should put a little more pressure on myself, just to step it up & put the best me out to the world.
newfaith newfaith 9 years
no girl in this society can say that they don't feel this pressure to always refine their appearance, it's hegemonic and everywhere. I especially dislike the whole "puffy eyes and dark circles" thing. we are told that this is inevidable but then pushed to buy endless products to try and "cure it." i've realized something interesting, even little kids have circles and puffy eyes! babies have it, but we don't think of it as unappealing because their skin is otherwise so youthful. the other thing...guys don't notice any of this. we are the only ones who see it because the media pushes it on our beautiful faces. but ultimately, no guy should have to reaffirm our beauty and self-confidence.
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
Yes, I am much harder on myself and how i look than others..Its like looking fine and O.K. just won't cut it.. I know i am vain, but I can not help it.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Yes, I think it's just part of being female.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
no, I don't. I am totally comfortable with me.
rothchild rothchild 9 years
all the time, unfortunately
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
Sometimes I do, because in general I want to look good to feel better and up my self-esteem, then again sometimes I just don't care
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Yes
littlebmac littlebmac 9 years
I do pay more attention to how my skin and body look by watching more of what I eat.I don't put too much pressure on myself but I am kinder to myself than I was a few years ago, such as quiting the smoking habit for good. It has made me a happier person.
baby-ballerina baby-ballerina 9 years
yeah
agrepina agrepina 9 years
i wouldnt really call it presure, but i do try my best
scoop45 scoop45 9 years
Vienvien said it all
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 9 years
Yes.
JustMe21 JustMe21 9 years
I def think so. Low self esteem will do that to anyone. I'm slowly learing to accept the way I look and to be happy with it. I have a husband who loves me for me, great family and friends. I should be less worried about my looks but it's hard in the world we live in.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Yes, but I'm not in that age range yet. I guess I don't have anything to look forward too. :P
nomerz nomerz 9 years
well, since I'm 21 ... I think it's completely normal to put a lot of pressure on yourself. I think it's something that comes with being older and have lots of "life experience"
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I feel a lot less pressure now that I'm married. Even when I was done with the whole single life I felt like I could look however I wanted and not worry about impressing men or other women. I honestly think that knowing someone thinks your beautiful makes all the difference in the world.
zc zc 9 years
i wouldn't say i put pressure on myself, but i def take care about the way i look and present myself, buts its more for me than for others
Monkeyluv Monkeyluv 9 years
too much-- its almost un-livable
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