According to psychologists: these are the reasons why resolutions fail

To live in the new year healthier, more sustainable and more conscious, the on many between the years.

The specific objectives are individually: one Of them wants to bring in more Sport and movement in his everyday life, the other abstain from alcohol and Smoking, and a third spend less time on the net.

But as easy as it is to plan good intentions, as hard as it is, you actually put it into practice. Why many have problems with this,have health experts and psychologists to explain to doctors newspaper.

In January, we still have big plans

“Throughout the year, reads and of what constitutes a healthy, life stops,” says Health psychologist Sonia Lippke. “The holidays give the freedom to let it all pass by.”

Actually, this is great, because the turn of the year offers a good occasion for a change, such as a psychologist, Christoph Kröger explains: “In everyday life, this is. Since it is not good intentions,“ he says.

Kröger is an expert in tobacco cessation and reported that the demand for smoke-free programs in January because of the good intentions that many have made, is particularly high.

During a visit to the gym, the phenomenon is also observed: “In General, January is the strongest month of the year,” says Studio Director Thor Bjorn Manthey. However, many of the initially highly-motivated new members not to hold out very long.

Who was not in the first three months to be able to one or two festivals sports days of the week to plan, give up faster, so Manthey. “Only then will you develop a new sense of the body. The Training will be the norm.“

Discipline is required

In other new year’s resolutions that have nothing to do with Sport and health, one can observe the phenomenon of the entertaining plans.

According to Motivational psychologist Anja Achtziger, this could be due to the fact that it is one of the most simple kind of the year to schmeiden plans.

“This is already a kind of national sport on new year’s eve parties. Everyone takes with a wink,“ she explains. “In such cases, the internal pressure, the commitment, the intent to implement is missing.”

We are once again in everyday life, caught, Trott, the conversion is then often harder than expected, and we manage to overcome our inner pig dog.

With these tips, you put his plans into action

So devastating all of this may sound: There are of course ways and means of good intentions to hold. The psychologists explain how it can succeed:

1. Intentions clarify

“The research shows that to put just a target, nothing. The concrete steps have to be planned,” says Sonia Lippke.

This includes, for example, to consider how to survive birthday parties, if you want to lose weight, what you Buddys be aware when Meeting with former smokers, or what Alternatives are there, if the weather makes a dash through the round of Jogging in the Park. Because: “A misstep due to the next,” she says.

2. Be clear in why you set the goal

“There must be a clear, what I’m doing the Whole,” stresses Kröger. One should therefore consider exactly what are the benefits of the changes for a person.

3. Punish and reward

“Especially with new year’s resolutions it is good, if you hit an agreement with someone,” says Kröger. You someone in his plans to inaugurate, not a just a reward if you reach your goal, but also guarantees for the implementation of a previously specified penalty provides, if you give up more

Krögers proposal: 100 euros in an envelope and in the event of a case anonymously to the unloved neighbours or colleagues as a gift.

4. Slow Increases

“You start to pursue a goal, making concrete plans, but it just doesn’t work”, summarizes Eighties in words, which have already experienced many. This can also be due to the fact that it has taken on too much at once.

Eighties is not recommended to set big goals, but to increase slowly.

5. Do not despair

Even if you broke his good intent, there is no reason to make Haas even finished. “It’s every little step counts,” says Lippke. Pointless such projects has shown that, in any case, as well as an English study. It was about the campaign, “Dry January”, that calls every year to drink a month of no alcohol.

The four weeks of the colored apparently to the Rest of the year: 72 per cent of the more than 800 study participants, who had also taken part in “Dry January”, drank a half a year later, less than before.


  • Doctors newspaper: Why good Vorssätze always fail, retrieved on 22.01.2020
  • University of Sussex: How ‘Dry January’ is the secret to better sleep, saving money and losing weight, retrieved on 22.01.2020

Judith Kerstgens

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