Resolutions for 2014: less stress, more family

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2014 resolutions: less stress and more time for family

Traditionally, the turn of the year is the time of good intentions. These change little over the years. For 2014, too, a large proportion of Germans want to avoid stress, have more time for family and friends and generally live healthier lives. This is the result of a Forsa survey for the DAK.

Resolutions change little In a few days it is time: we celebrate the year 2014. For many people, the turn of the year is associated with good resolutions for the coming year. Most of these change little over the years. For 2014, too, the most popular resolutions are to avoid or reduce stress, to have more time for family and friends as well as to exercise more and do sports. This emerges from a representative Forsa survey for DAK Gesundheit.

Less stress and time for the family According to this, 57 percent of those surveyed set out to have less stress. Both time pressure at work as well as family disputes and family anger are mentioned as stressful situations. "Women in particular state that they get stressed in order to balance work and family," reports Frank Meiners, a psychologist with a degree from the health insurance company. About every third woman has conflicts with their superiors. In addition, 54 percent want to spend more time with family and friends. This was expressed above all by men.

Don't let stress arise in the first place Meiners explains that the most important credo is to have realistic goals in order not to let stress arise in the first place and others, is under power faster. "Good time management is very helpful. “It is often difficult to avoid stress factors, especially at work. In such cases, it is best to coordinate specifically with superiors and colleagues, ”says the expert. "Which tasks can perhaps be worked through at a later point in time, how can the work be better distributed." In addition, exercises to reduce stress such as yoga are generally recommended.

Classic New Year's resolutions Around half (52 percent) of Germans have also decided to do more exercise and exercise in the coming year. 47 percent have the intention to eat healthier. Just as many want more time for themselves and about a third (31 percent) intend to lose weight. Other classics of annual New Year's resolutions such as reducing alcohol consumption (12 percent) and giving up smoking (11 percent) can be found in the lower ranks of the survey results. These were mostly voiced by men.

Less financial worries The survey also confirmed a positive trend: Financial worries and the fear of losing a job have decreased again. In 2009, 41 percent said they were worried about financial issues, compared to 31 percent this year. And the fear of losing a job dropped from 27 percent in 2009 to 16 percent.

Brandenburgers remain true to their resolutions Unfortunately, all of the good resolutions have faded into the background a few days after the turn of the year. Nevertheless, the survey showed that in 2013 every second German managed to keep up with his plans for the new year for six months and longer. The Brandenburgers were the most successful with 64 percent, ahead of the Bremen (61 percent) and the Saxons (60 percent). The bottom of the list were the residents of Schleswig-Holstein (44 percent), Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (43 percent) and Hesse (42 percent).

Quitting smoking is particularly difficult. Quitting smoking is a particularly difficult goal. Studies have shown that smokers can only successfully combat their nicotine addiction after the sixth attempt. In most cases, relapses and slips would be one of them. In most cases, however, their failure is not due to physical addiction, but to psychological dependence. According to experts, certain situations trigger key stimuli in the brain that are responsible for the smoker's failure to quit. (ad)

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