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These are resolutions for 2017: switching off, more time with the family and less stress


Popular resolutions for 2017: Germans want less stress
As every year, most Germans make good resolutions at the turn of the year. These have hardly changed for years. Most Germans want to avoid stress and have more time for the family. In addition, many plan to do more sports and switch off smartphones and the like more often.

Stress reduction comes first
The turn of the year is traditionally the time of good intentions. According to a new survey, many Germans just want to switch off next year. As the dpa news agency reports, young people in particular want to press the off button on their smartphones, laptops or computers more often. This was the result of a representative study by the Forsa Institute on behalf of DAK-Gesundheit. Stress reduction is one of the best resolutions for 62 percent of all respondents.

Switch off smartphones and the like more often
According to the information, 38 percent in the age group of 14 to 29 year olds have decided to be more offline in 2017. Two years ago, only 29 percent of the younger generation indicated this.

It is said that 20 percent less want to be online across all age groups, after 15 percent in 2014. The older ones seem to feel less stressed by emails, messages and SMS. Only ten percent of over 60 year olds intend to be more abstinent from the network.

This trend is rated positively by the prevention expert at DAK-Gesundheit, Hella Thomas: "Those who switch off their smartphones and computers more often remain relaxed and encourage their ability to concentrate."

Other health experts also see it this way. A "digital diet" for mobile phone users makes sense, for example, to prevent "digital burnout". However, giving up a smartphone is even worse for some people than, for example, stopping alcohol.

Implementing resolutions
As in the previous year, avoiding stress, spending more time with family or friends and doing more exercise or exercising were high on the list of priorities. For many, these do not seem to be unrealistic goals.

According to the agency report, more than half (56 percent) of those who still remember their noble intentions (41 percent) held out for at least four months. It is said to be the best value since surveys on this topic started in 2011.

As a rule, experts recommend formulating specific goals for the resolutions. It is also important to feel anticipation instead of deprivation when thinking about the upcoming change. In addition, the plans for the changes in life should not be too serious. Then resolutions can be better implemented. (ad)

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