Would zazen cure their malaise?  --ED


Millions of British women bored by their lives because of 'endless
housework, no money and a dull sex life'

By Daily Mail Reporter
11th November 2010

Millions of women have complained they are stuck in a rut because their
lives are too ordinary, new research claimed yesterday.

Six in ten disenchanted women in Britain say a lack of money, boredom
with the same routine and appearance and a general humdrum has made
their lives deathly dull.

Of the 4,000 women polled, 28 per cent said they felt more 'ordinary'
than they did five  years ago.
  [Stuck in a rut: Women complained a lack of adventure and endless
housework had turned their lives humdrum]
Stuck in a rut: Women complained a lack of adventure and endless
housework had turned their lives humdrum

The report reveals how a 'malaise' is affecting the way women look, feel
and style themselves and their surroundings.

The unsatisfied lot blamed a limited social life and lack of adventure
in style and the bedroom as the key reasons for their malaise.

A lack of confidence which makes women feel insecure about how witty or
clever they feel was also blamed.
To make it worse, four in ten women are dreading a winter of discontent
as they say the cold season is when they feel most average.
A quarter of women admit that feeling generic affects their confidence
and holds them back in life and work.

One in five fret that their dress sense is slipping and fear they are
starting to look like their mothers.

The report came from research carried out by fashion internet site

The general malaise is also infecting women's wardrobes with black being
the most common colour in half of women's wardrobes.

Those polled also admit to a pedestrian uniform of jeans and a t-shirt
(37 per cent) or an unflattering ensemble of jogging bottoms and a
cardigan (35 per cent), with only one in ten women regularly wearing
something bright and bold.

  [Something as simple as wearing red can boost a woman's confidence,
according to research]

Something as simple as wearing red can boost a woman's confidence,
according to research

Behavioural expert Judi James said: 'The research shows how easy it is
for us to fall into an ordinary trap. Worrying about jobs and finances
makes us want to take fewer risks which in turn can make us feel more
ordinary and have an affect on our happiness, confidence and

'Making small but regular changes like breaking bland habits,
consciously adjusting body language to be more upbeat, and using
mood-enhancing colours in both dress and decor can be an easy and
instant way to reboot positivity and happiness levels.'

The report, entitled Very Ordinary Britain, quizzed women aged 18 to 65
on how happy they were with different aspects of their life.

A lack of time, energy and a fear of speaking up and rocking the boat
means that one woman in three is sticking with the status quo.

Most claim they are happy in their current relationships - but one in
ten felt like they could do with ditching their current partner and
having a change.

A fifth said they were bored of their sex life, while 48 per cent said
they would be happier with life if they had more decent clothes to wear.

More than half said they would feel better if they treated themselves to
a whole new wardrobe or a make-over.

Nearly all admit that adding colour to their appearance makes them feel
happier and more attractive to the opposite sex. A third (32 per cent)
think wearing colours has helped them in job interviews, and a fifth (21
per cent) think it makes them work harder.

For two fifths of women, wearing the colour red is the biggest counter
to feeling extraordinary.

A disenchanted four in ten said they would do things differently if they
had their life again and a quarter said they would be happier if they
were more spontaneous - with half wishing they could book the next
flight at an airport.

Gareth Jones, retail director of very.co.uk, said: "We understand it is
easy to slip into routines of ordinary dressing and in turn this can
make females, in particular, feel quite uninspired.'

Never have enough money
Same routine
Boring dress sense
Lack of social life
Endless housework
Eating the same things at mealtimes
Lack of holidays
Boring job
No new hobbies or interests
Dull sex life

Source: Daily Mail

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