New Year's 2018

New Year’s Resolutions in 2018 Favour Mental Health Over Fitness

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Well, according to our latest survey, a third of the 1,500 people we spoke to want to focus on improving their mental health in 2018. This contrasts just one-fifth of the survey respondents who wanted to lose weight and focus on physical fitness.

According to psychiatric studies conducted in the last few years, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer from a mental health problem this year.* Studies also report that in England, 1 in 6 people will experience a common mental health problem such as anxiety, and depression each week.**

The survey has supported these findings as well. It highlights that the number of people who are coping with mental health conditions continues to increase.

Compared to last year’s survey results, the number of people who want to quit social media has risen from 11% to 15% with Instagram being reported as the worst social media platform for mental health.***

Our survey also discovered that almost half of the participants (47%) were anxious about Theresa May’s Government. Then, more than a third (34%) identified the growing tension between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, and the threat of nuclear war, as the event that they are most anxious about entering 2018.

Some other trends we saw emerge include an increasing desire for travel over promotions. Two thirds (64%) of respondents said they would rather travel the world than get an important promotion and pay-raise at work (31%).

People are also more concerned about eating healthy than losing weight, nearly a quarter (24%) want to eat healthier in 2018 compared to about a fifth (19%) who want to lose weight. Then, 70 respondents also said they would rather invest in Bitcoin than buy a house in 2018.

The Top 2018 New Year’s Resolutions in the UK are:

1. Travel more
2. Get a promotion or pay rise
3. Improve mental health
4. Eat healthier
5. Lose weight
6. Learn a new skill
7. Become more organised
8. Spend more time with friends and family
9. Quit social media
10. Learn a language
11. Get on the property ladder
12. Quit smoking
13. Volunteer more

Overall, these results have revealed how people’s priorities have dramatically shifted over the past year.

Russ Morgan, co-founder of Bidvine.com, said,

“I’m not really surprised that more people want to focus on improving their mental health in the New Year, rather than lose weight. In 2017 we saw a great deal of light shed on mental health, with many high-profile celebrities and brands campaigning to open up the conversation on it. In conjunction with this, body positivity is something that’s been highly promoted in the last year, so that could be why fewer people are concerned about losing weight in 2018”.

 

* https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB02931

** http://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748

*** https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB02931