We make this mistake with New Year’s resolutions

The minutes before midnight have a charm. One can feel that one is strong and able to overcome all obstacles, even though the rationality is that it is no stronger and no better than it was two days earlier.

Most vows are already doomed to death when uttered. New Year’s Eve is still magical. We are strong, we say and we believe we can do it. Enthusiasm is followed by laziness and then failure, but not by everyone.

On New Year ‘s Eve night, seven out of ten Hungarians list enthusiastically and with sparkling eyes that lose weight, do more sports, don’t take a sip of alcohol and say goodbye to cigarettes forever. Maybe he’ll be rich, find a match for his life, leave his hated job, learn a new language, or just smile at people instead of a grumpy head.

Two-thirds of people bet

“Two-thirds of people make a vow on the last day of the year. Most people accept that they regularly play sports, followed by nutrition vows, and the third place on the podium is to get rid of passions. ” Gábor Makai, a clinical psychologist, described his experience.


There is a lot of enthusiasm in the gyms

They are already feeling the impact of the New Year’s vows in the gyms: the number of guests has jumped 1.5 times. Women and men are mixed among the new, and that’s it guided group sessions they are participating – they told hirado.hu in one of the gym rooms in Óbuda, which is open 24 hours a day.

According to the receptionist’s experience, the enthusiasm lasts throughout January, but even in March they have noticeably more guests, the usual level of guests will return in April.

I’m finally finding someone this year – dating sites are also booming

Dating traffic also jumps during the holidays. The desire to find a party that flares up in singles will last until the end of January. According to the head of marketing at one of the biggest dating sites, this can be explained by New Year’s resolutions, “a lot of people promise I’ll finally find someone this year’, but that desire will subside from February.

This is how dieters fail to lose weight

“Two out of three Hungarian adults are obese or overweight. Many accept that this will end on January 1st and get rid of the damn pounds. This vow is often born when they feel remorse for being accompanied by a fourth slice of bejglit with two Christmas candies. However, easy decisions can be lifelike. ” Said Antal Emese.

According to the dietitian, everything is decided in the head. Those who have a strong determination and think long-term instead of quick success, for example, their plan is to lose weight more easily in the summer. But most want to succeed quickly, that’s the biggest mistake. Many people have tried to lose weight in many ways, and although they trust the latest miracle method they have just heard at the hairdresser, there is already doubt in them. They try, but if they don’t go, they give up easily.

Magic? – No, just a new day!

Many feel that January 1st has magical power and at New Year’s Eve, they want to make changes they haven’t been able to make in the past year. The reason for this is that one inevitably looks at the past year, weighs in. Then he realizes that how much everything you missed or that you are on the wrong track, and if you continue like this, you will fail again. Then he decides to enter the field of deeds and change his life so far, stepping on what he was not able to do before, and often formulating a hasty statement and desire.

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“The minutes before midnight have a charm. One can feel that one is strong and able to overcome all obstacles, even though rationality is not stronger and no better than it was two days earlier. ” Gábor Makai, a clinical psychologist, told hirado.hu.

We attribute a magical effect to the New Year

In the past, folk prophecies were mainly about abundance and wealth, but in the past there was an individual desire to with marriage connection. They predicted whether she would marry the name of the girl or her future. According to old traditions, it was not allowed to throw out the trash on the first day because it was believed that luck would be expelled from the house.

“New Year has long had a magical effect. People thought that what they did or promised then had a greater impact. They trusted in the power of it then and now. ” – this was already said by Zsuzsanna Tátrai. According to the ethnographer, the tradition of New Year’s vows dates back a maximum of a few centuries and was born from New Year’s and New Year’s folk predictions and spells.

The ethnographer believes that if one chooses the New Year’s vow, one may feel that one is not completely exposed to fate, but is able to decide and act.

That is why we fall for vows

However, it is much easier to accept than to comply. Even on New Year’s Eve, even a person who swells at will realizes this. While the enthusiasm is huge at first, over time it will subside, the big plans will fade and then become nothing. After the objections, he suddenly realizes that he is staring at his favorite TV series with chocolate in his mouth while sitting on the couch, or the two-month-old being without smoking after chain smoking, try to bring in the lag.

“It’s not enough to put a sample diet under the pillow, often endurance is lacking. The main problem, however, is that the New Year’s vow is unfounded, we don’t think about it and we don’t prepare for it. If we only spontaneously declare that we are losing weight or that we will not light it from tomorrow, we are doomed to death because we have to decide in our minds and purposefully prepare to keep our plan. ” Gábor Makai explained.


Don’t get bitter. There are also successful vows, although the fact is that it is less. New Year’s plans and desired ideas can be achieved if we specify what we want. You don’t say you want to lose weight, but mark the way to get there. For example, that he goes swimming twice a week and doesn’t eat chocolate when watching TV in the evening. “Never let us not set a goal that is extreme. If someone ate three bars of chocolate a day, what makes you think you can give it up overnight? ” The psychologist asked.

Failure follows vows given

It is also worth considering that there will be difficulties and setbacks on the road to change. At not to give up, you have to go the planned route. Whoever gives up his New Year’s resolution, the more he can experience failure, self-deprecation, self-devaluation. According to the psychologist, to avoid this, it is not too late to draw up an action plan to achieve the desired goal.

New Year, new page, new life

We also tend to see the New Year, a new month, and a new week as a clean slate, a new opportunity that is free from the past. That’s why you start instead of Wednesday, for example to diet on monday. According to the psychologist, “we always want to start with a clean slate because then we think we have opened a new chapter in our lives”.

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