Bathing suit anxiety becomes the hot topic of discussion as soon as spring rolls around. It doesn’t matter what continent you are living on, bathing suit anxiety is felt by women all around the world.
What exactly produces bathing suit anxiety? According to Dr. Marika Tiggemann, a psychologist and researcher from Australia, just thinking about shopping for a swimsuit triggers this anxiety.
“Researchers also found that imagining wearing a swimsuit also increases feelings of self-objectification a term used by psychologists to describe how people, often women and girls, take an outsider’s view of their bodies, reducing themselves to objects to be evaluated.”
I certainly get that – especially since all year long we walk around in clothes and suddenly we are asked to basically walk around what seems like underwear to the beach. Women have to prep themselves for this kind of exposure summer after summer (you do read all the magazines about how to get ready for the summer don’t you?)
You may say – “hey wait a minute I go to the beach every summer and see lots of women in bathing suits- who is having this anxiety?” So let me just say that the women with bathing suit anxiety are a larger group of women than you think. There are those who you NEVER see on the beach because of bathing suit anxiety and even many of those on the beach in their bathing suits seem to be self conscious at the beach, tugging and covering or comparing themselves to the woman one umbrella away.
What is this group thinking you may ask? Well here is another study that is quite interesting. When asked: What’s worse than swimsuit shopping? A survey found that 70% of Americans would rather go to the dentist, do their taxes, sit in the middle seat on an airplane, or visit their in-laws than go swimsuit shopping.
60% of women say they aren’t ready for this year’s swimsuit season. And when asked to pick their problem area between abs, butt, arms and thighs, three in 10 women said “all of the above.”
More than 30% of women say they plan on wearing cover-ups when at the beach or pool and one in five say they’ll avoid the beach entirely.
WHOA- So many women are staying at home because they do not want to wear a traditional bathing suit in public. Is anyone doing anything about this???????
A few years ago, The Huffington Post tried to be helpful in an article called “10 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Swimwear Shopping ”
Some of the suggestions they made were: shave your legs before you head out, put on a tanner before you shop, bring a friend, make sure you try on the right size, and don’t compare yourself to others.
I think they missed the boat. Women who are not going to put on the traditional bathing suit are looking for more coverage. And that also goes for the ones who are wearing the suit with a t-shirt on top.
Today , I am happy to report, there ARE great swimwear options that offer lots of coverage so that women can hit the beach in swimwear that looks like that t-shirt, only more chic, and loads of bottoms that look like skorts, shorts, skirt and capris BUT are in fact made of the highest quality swimwear material so that women can swim and enjoy the outdoors without being exposed.
Check out the extensive swimwear options at HydroChic and get back in the water this summer!