The kindness reset
As the country begins to take tentative steps out of lockdown, the research reveals an interesting shift for brands: a kindness reset is top of the agenda. Over half (57%) of women noted that they want people to be kinder to each other and over a third (35%) plan to take greater care of their mental health when whatever constitutes ‘normal life’ resumes.
The research also underlines the positive role of social media in women’s lives. One in ten women (11%) said they turned to social media for mental health support during lockdown and over a third (37%) said that social media was their greatest source of inspiration during this time. Figures that suggest that while social media is undoubtedly a source of huge pressure for consumers, this does not prevent it from, somewhat paradoxically, being a source for inspiration and supportive communities.
The future of work
Another area that has seen huge changes for many women since the start of the pandemic is in their working lives. More than half (54%) noted that lockdown has led them to think about making a big change in their working life, with almost two thirds (63%) reassessing their approach to work and life, otherwise known as that dreaded term: work life balance.
Notably, while being an incredibly challenging time economically and emotionally there are shifts in life which women plan to extend long beyond lockdown. Almost half of respondents want the current slower pace of life (46%) and the increased sense of community (47%) to carry on after lockdown lifts.
Lucie Cave, Creative Editorial Director at Bauer Media, explained: “Lockdown has meant our Where’s Your Head At? campaign has become even more important in finding ways to support and become the mouthpiece for our audience. Their worries about finding a better work/life balance and managing their mental health by maintaining a slower pace of life are crucial insights to helping shape the sort of content they want and need from us across all of our brands.”