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The Germans want less stress and more relaxation as a good resolution for the new year.

According to a survey by the health insurance company DAK, Germans want less stress for the coming year. Around 59 percent of those surveyed stated that they wanted more relaxation and less stress for 2011.

The year 2010 obviously had a lot of strain on people. The economic and financial crisis, an insecure job situation or the ever increasing social pressure to perform causes a majority of the DAK survey participants to express their desire for less stress and more relaxation in the New Year. According to the recently published health barometer “Good resolutions for 2011”, families in particular are “so energized that two thirds of them have deliberately made themselves more relaxed for the coming year”.

A total of 59 percent of the approximately 3,000 participants stated that they wanted less stress in view of the coming year 2011. Most often, families with underage children wanted less stressful situations. Around 68 percent wanted a much quieter time here. The DAK psychologist believes that reconciling work and family is becoming increasingly difficult for many. Dipl. Psychologist Frank Meiners said: "Mastering the demands of work, family and household in parallel is often associated with permanent stress."

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 want above-average more time for family and social contacts in 2011. In addition, young people in particular are planning to do more sport, maintain a healthier diet, watch less television and live more economically. But the good intentions are usually not long-lasting. According to the DAK survey, the good intentions last just three months on average. Only older people aged 60 and over are far more consistent in their resolutions. Here, about 56 percent of those surveyed also keep their good intentions in the longer term. Women are also likely to have more willpower than men. While 47 percent actually implement their wishes, the figure is about 52 percent among women. There are also some differences in the country comparison. Seen nationwide, the Brandenburgers are at 60 percent ahead with their willpower. The Saxons are at the bottom. Only 37 percent of them stick to the "New Year's resolutions" for a long time.

The 10 most frequently mentioned personal New Year wishes:
1. Avoid or reduce stress (59 percent)
2. More time for family / friends (56 percent)
3. Move more / exercise (52 percent)
4. More time for myself (49 percent)
5. Eat healthier (44 percent)
6.Lose weight (34 percent)
7. Be more economical (32 percent)
8. Watch less TV (18 percent)
9. Drink less alcohol (14 percent)
10. Quit smoking (12 percent)

In order to be able to really implement the personal New Year's wish, the qualified psychologist Meiners advises to set fewer goals: “Less is more. Set yourself few, but realistic goals for the new year. You should also factor in ‘relapses’ and take it athletically. Smaller milestones are often helpful too. Because if the goal is set too high, the frustration is usually great if it is not achieved. "

The classic desires for more money, less alcohol and quit smoking are far behind in the survey statistics. Only 12 percent want to quit smoking. 14 percent had less alcohol drinking. However, it should be noted that fewer and fewer young people have started smoking at all. Around 4,000 people nationwide took part in the two Forsa Institute survey studies. The survey was carried out on behalf of the statutory health insurance company DAK. (sb)

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