1. Wearing the same bra days on end
We get it, putting a wash on is dull and not something you want to spend your time doing. So, maybe if you wear the same bra for a week… that’s fine, right?
Well, plenty of other women clearly feel the same way. And actually, saving water is NOT something to embarrassed by at all, so maybe you can pass this off as something to celebrate?
2. Stalking your ex
Breakups are hard, it’s true. It’s totally natural to want to know what your ex is up to, even months or years after the fact. So, many women resort to social media to find out more about what their ex is doing.
Though we can never be totally sure if that girl that appears in their photos is a friend or something more than that, or whether those clubbing pictures mean he’s not totally over us… but it feels good to keep tabs.
3. Lying about your period
Maybe your friend messages you asking to accompany her to a work event. Maybe your sister rings and wants you to come to your nephew’s football match on Sunday morning, early.
Whatever it might be, we’ve all used that ‘it’s my time of the month!’ excuse. Let them think that you’re hunkering down in bed when you’re actually… hunkering down in bed because you don’t want to go to the thing.
4. Using perfume instead of deodorant
We’ve all felt the absolute terror when we pick up our deodorant in the morning and it feels… too lightweight. Yep, we’re all out. But what’s that on our dressing table?
Perfume? Basically the same thing, yeah? So you spritz a little under your armpits and head out the door. It might not be totally advisable, but it gets you through the day without fearing that you’ll start smelling just a little bit bad.
5. Using the men’s bathroom
You’re out at a restaurant, you need the loo quite desperately, and – no! The women’s bathroom is out of service, unavailable, locked…
So what do you do? Just nip in the men’s, of course. If there’s nobody there to see you, then it never really happened.
6. Pee in the shower
The people who consider this unhygienic have clearly never tried it! There’s no better relief than peeing in the shower if you really need to go.
Plus, the water washes it all straight down the drain, no need to flush. It saves time, it saves water – what else is there to say?
7. Creep on someone on social media
We’ve already covered that urge to stalk your ex online, but every woman has also had a little creep on other people’s socials, too.
Whether that’s that one friend from high school that you’d forgotten existed, an old family friend, or the parents of someone at your child’s school, it can be hugely gratifying to have a little look at their social media pages and see what’s happening in their lives.
8. Eavesdrop on conversations
We’ve all experienced that moment when you’re out somewhere – maybe a restaurant, or on public transport – and there’s a really juicy conversation happening next to you.
It could be a mother berating her child for something they’ve done or a couple arguing about what’s for dinner that night… we’ve all paused our music to have a quick listen in.
9. Pretending to text while taking selfies
Those days when your hair is on point, or you’re really proud of the outfit you’ve picked out – we all want to document them. But that means taking a selfie in public, and that’s embarrassing, right?
So, we’ve all just pretended to be texting and instead have that camera app open at just the right angle for a quick selfie. It’s the perfect hack on public transport or in a cafe, even if you do feel like you’re doing something weird.
10. Flirting to get what you want
If there’s one thing that a man loves, it’s a woman flirting with him. So, who hasn’t intentionally flirted to get something that they want?
Whether this is a cut-price drink in a bar, freebies in a restaurant, or just that last seat on the train, it’s easy enough to break out your cutest smile and politest voice to sweeten him up just a little bit.
11. Using toilet paper as pads
Ugh, is there anything worse than getting your period unexpectedly when you’re out? You can feel those cramps starting and you’re paranoid that you’re bleeding through your underwear.
The easiest thing to do at this point is to speed-walk to the nearest bathroom and make a quick pad from the toilet roll. Honestly, we’ve all done it, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of (though we wouldn’t make a habit of it if we can help it).
12. Plucking random hairs at random times of the day
Honestly, the urge to pluck can come at any time of the day. No matter where you are. Maybe you’re at home working and you happen to glance in the bathroom mirror and – what is that? Is that a stray hair?
There’s only one thing for it – to get the tweezers out immediately and sort it out. You can’t rest until your eyebrows are back to their usual glory, or that one huge chin hair has disappeared.
13. Hide snacks to eat later
Yep, we’ve all bought snacks secretly and then hid them so our siblings/partner/children don’t get at them. So what if we don’t like to share?
This is especially true if the snack in question is something special. Maybe it’s your favourite chocolate bar or that crisp flavour that is hard to find – we want to keep it for ourselves.
14. Sniff your partner’s clothes
There’s just something about the clothes that your partner wears. They definitely have their own scent, and sometimes that scent is so comforting, you just want to sniff it all the time.
Especially when our partners are away for a few days, I’m sure most of us have found an old hoodie of theirs lying around and given it a good sniff. There’s really nothing better than their smell.
15. Leaving hair in the shower
Yes, we’re fully aware that hair can get everywhere in the shower. But, we’re also lazy and will refuse to sort it out, eventually leaving the cleaning for far too long.
Then, we have to face grabbing fistfuls of disgusting hair from the shower drain. That really shows us for thinking that we could just forget about this problem and face it later…
16. Turning your underwear inside out
Okay, this is another habit that screams ‘Yes, I’m too lazy to do a clothes wash.’ But sometimes you’re desperate, and the only thing for it is to turn your underwear inside out.
Yes, it’s a little gross. But, when needs must. It gives you an extra day to sort your washing out and nobody will ever know.
17. Popping a pimple
It’s not pretty and it’s not clever, but we’ve all done it. You know, sometimes you just have an overwhelming need to pop that pimple that’s been annoying you for days.
And honestly? You get a lot of satisfaction out of it too. Once it’s done, you can go back to your day as if nothing’s happened – though you’ll always think that someone can tell you’ve had your fingers all over your face.
18. Sniffing your armpits
Sometimes, you’re too busy to shower every day – especially if it’s not necessary. But to know if it’s necessary or not, you need to do a quick test.
Sniffing your armpits does the job, and tells you if you can go an extra day without a shower or if your body is really telling you to shower.
19. Picking your nose when no one’s looking
Yes, men get a bad rap for doing gross things like picking their nose, but guess what? Women do that too.
We’ve all experienced that need to just get a huge bogey out of our nose. It’s hugely satisfying and leaves you able to breathe better. Maybe we’re just making excuses…
20. Picking out hair from your butt crack
Nope, we have no idea how it gets there either. But the fact is you’ll be in the shower and you can just feel something down there that has to go.
And always, that’s a huge long piece of hair. It’s really a mystery as to how it gets down there, but it can be satisfying to yank a huge piece from your butt.
21. Smelling your own farts
Yes, women fart! It’s no big deal, we all do it. And if sometimes we have an urge to check how bad that last one was, then that’s totally normal too.
Of course, we’d never do this in public. But at home, what’s the matter? Sometimes you just need to know if it’s a bad one or not so you can act accordingly (i.e. blame it on your partner).
22. Being particular about pooping in public
Do you get a bad feeling when you have to go for THAT kind of loo in public? Well, don’t fear, because many other women feel the same way.
Sometimes, you just gotta wait for everyone to leave the restaurant bathroom before doing your thing. Or, do you wait for someone to use the hand dryer before starting? Well, plenty of women are particular about pooping in public.
23. Sticking hair to the wall of the shower
For some ungodly reason, washing your hair results in huge amounts of hair getting all over your fingers and body. What is there to do when you’re in the shower but stick it to the wall ‘to clean up later’?
Well, don’t worry, because women everywhere stick hair to the shower and then leave it for days. Or, do you try to wash it down the wall using the shower and then forget about it when it sticks in the drain? Yep, we’ve done that too.
24. Farting strategically
You know when you really need to let one out, but you’re in public? Or, maybe you’re sitting on the sofa next to your other half and don’t want to make it seem suspicious?
Well, women have really perfected the art of farting strategically. We know exactly how to move our butt cheeks to make sure that no sound escapes – though the smell is something else to worry about. Don’t worry, just blame it on your partner!
25. Checking to see if we’re ‘pretty criers’
Sometimes you just need to have a good cry. If you’re having a really bad day, it can be kind of therapeutic to just sit down and cry it all out.
But sometimes you just need to check if you still look good when crying, right? We’ve all sat down in front of the mirror while we’re in the midst of a crying session just to see what we look like.
26. Secretly take pictures of attractive people in public
Attractive people can strike at any moment. On public transport, at a restaurant, or just while wandering down the street. And it’s important that when you see someone attractive, you alert everyone in your group chat as well.
The key to secretly taking pictures of people in public is just to pretend that you’re texting. Just make sure you’ve mastered the art of switching between camera and messaging apps, just in case anyone looks over your shoulder while you’re taking pictures.
27. Pick your toenails
Yep, everybody does this, even women. Sometimes, we even do it subconsciously, for example, while watching TV in the evening or lounging outside.
But toenails really grow fast, and they’re just begging to be picked and trimmed down. The important thing is never to do it in public where people can catch you.
28. Pretend to text when waiting for someone
We’ve all experienced that self-consciousness when you’re waiting for someone and they’re running late. After a few minutes, it gets way too weird and you just need to do something to pass the time.
So, what do you do? Open your messaging app and act like you’re sending a text to someone. Other popular options include scrolling through old WhatsApp messages and looking through last month’s camera roll. Anything to pass the time!
29. Checking a room for intruders
Okay, we may be grown women, but sometimes our childhood fears follow us. It’s totally normal to enter a room cautiously and surreptitiously check for intruders before getting comfortable.
This habit might emerge more strongly in a room that you’re new to – a hotel room or at your friend’s place. If someone catches us opening the wardrobe doors, we’ll just pretend we’re having a little snoop.
30. Google yourself
Everybody has done it, and women are just as curious as to other people. When you’ve lived your entire life on the internet, it can be really satisfying to have a little peek at what everyone else sees when they Google you.
Usually, this just ends up being links to social media pages, but it’s worth checking to see if that old Tumblr or Blogspot account is still open. And if it is, shut it down as quickly as possible.