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Why women spend 10 days a YEAR in a bad mood

2014-09-23 16:36:12


Not impressed: According to a new study, women spend an average of 10 days a year in a foul mood

Feeling fat, husbands who don't listen and broken nails all leave women fuming, a new study has revealed - and they stay that way for the equivalent of 10 days a year.

In total, the average woman spends five hours a week in a bad mood with reasons ranging from grim weather to technology that fails to work.

What's more, one in two of the women polled confessed that they were moody 'a lot' while four in 10 said their bad temper worsened as they aged.

But while women were happy to admit to being grumpy for five hours a week, men disagreed - with those asked saying their other halves were bad tempered far more often and for up to eight hours a week.

Two thirds of women also agreed women are moodier than men, with one in seven women saying they spend longer in a huff than they do happy.

Of the 1000 men polled 68 per cent admitted to zoning out when their wife or girlfriend is feeling low, but a brave 15 per cent tell her to snap out of it.

'Moods are a barometer of our overall wellbeing,' commented psychotherapist Sally Brown. 'The research shows both men and women are susceptible to being in a bad mood from time to time, but what is interesting is more how the sexes cope with their moods.

'Women crave 'me time' and men tend to rely on their partners to help lift them out of their moods. It's also not surprising then that 23 per cent of those polled said their 'moodiness' was affecting their relationship.

'Everyday challenges from bad traffic to failing technology can tip women into a bad mood and the change in the seasons as we head into winter will affect mood too.

'The scales are slightly skewed for women though, as female hormones have a big impact on moods.

'Thankfully lifestyle choices, such as making sure you surround yourself with 'happy' people, will work as an antidote and there are often simple ways to help boost our mood as revealed with half of those polled opting for a simple warm bath to lift a mood.'

The study, which was conducted on behalf of Healthspan and spoke to 1,000 women and 1,000 men, found nearly a quarter of females said their partner was often at the root of their bad mood.

Key triggers that put women in a moody frame of mind were feeling undervalued, struggling to keep on top of domestic chores and generally having too much to do.

Happily, the majority said a couple of hours alone was enough to life their black mood, while one in five said their children helped.

22 per cent said exercise did the job, although one in 10 turns to chocolate and two fifths say a glass of wine is the biggest help.

A fifth said shopping helped, although one in twenty simply said a good sleep usually made them snap out of it.

Video: Woman ranting at her partner


Unhappy: Ill-behaved children and being left to do all the cleaning are common flashpoints

'Hormones can have a huge impact on both sexes lives,' said TV GP Dr Hilary Jones. 'We shouldn't underestimate the affect hormones also have on men's lives.

'Two fifths of men claimed their moods were increasing as they aged and the 'manopause' is very real for men as they deplete in testosterone.

'There are lots of natural alternatives as a first port of call for both sexes and as we head into autumn we shouldn't undermine the impact the weather can even play on our moods.

'The poll revealed that 30 per cent of those surveyed said the weather affected their mood so coming into the shorter days it can be just simply a matter of boosting vitamin D levels.'

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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