A new decade calls for new resolutions

The turn of the year is behind us and like every year many people talked about their New Year's resolutions. Every year, some people find themselves whispering the same intentions into their champagne glass just before midnight. But what are their resolutions? And why do many people fail to implement them in their life?

These days, we wish friends, family and acquaintances a happy new year, health, joy and happiness. However, one may have certain wishes for oneself, which are to be fulfilled this year.

Popular resolutions in 2020

Each year, various studies on the most popular resolutions are published. According to a survey of DAK-Health (Link), one of the most popular intentions every year has been to reduce or avoid stress. For many it is also important to spend more time with family and friends. New this year is the topic of environmental and climate protection, which is as important as the two resolutions already mentioned for 64% of all participants. The generational difference is striking here. While especially younger participants between the age of 14 and 29 with 69% support said they were more committed to environmental and climate protection, participants between 30 to 44 years are focusing more on the reduction of stress. Interestingly, the issue of climate and environmental behaviour is a top priority for the over-60s participants.

An increasingly popular resolution in recent years is "to spend less time on a mobile phone, laptop or more generally, on the Internet”. Again, it is rather the group of younger participants, who are more likely to commit themselves to spend more time offline.

Typically, many resolutions are related to changing habits such as, for example, to move and exercise more, to quit smoking or drink less alcohol. 53% of the participants also said they would want to eat healthier in the future.

Why implementation of resolutions often fails

But how does it explain that, despite the good intentions, only eight percent of people manage to implement their intentions in the long term?

One of the reasons is that, for many, a resolution is something without obligation and not so concrete. It has become a habit to come up with some just before the start of the new year and to forget them again by spring at the latest. For many, it is because projects such as "healthy eating" or "working for climate and environmental protection" are not tangible enough. There is no mature plan on how these projects are to be achieved and how to measure their success.

Resolutions 2.0 – Going new ways

In this realization, lays the good news. If you think of how and when exactly you want to tackle large abstract projects, a step-by-step plan can be derived quickly. This is easier to integrate into everyday life.

There are even some resolutions that can be combined. The topic of healthy eating in particular offers the opportunity to feel more vital, so that exercise is easier and even starts to be more fun. Also, the theme of eating together can offer many occasions to consciously enjoy time with friends and family again. Probably the greatest personal contribution to climate and environmental protection can be made with conscious nutrition. The key themes here are yes to organic and fewer animal products. The best argument in 2020 to question your own diet, however, is the enormous variety of taste sensations that can be explored and discovered through changing your meal plan.

Have you wanted to make your diet more sustainable since a long time, or are you fed up with always having similar and vague resolutions? Do you feel like learning more about sustainable food and getting concrete ideas and motivation? Then accompany us in the next few weeks and learn interesting facts about the benefits of sustainable nutrition and get motivation and everyday tips for immediate implementation.

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