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2:00 AM 13th January 2022

The Changing Face Of 2022 Resolutions

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As we wave goodbye to 2021 and welcome the new year with open arms, new research from LloydsPharmacy has found that Brits will be prioritising their health and wellbeing in 2022. So much so, that 54 per cent have shifted their resolution priorities entirely, due to changes experienced in recent years.

A new view on mental health
The past two years have been difficult for many, and its recent survey showed that almost half of Brits (48 per cent) are more concerned about their health than previous years, with 52 per cent worried about their mental health - including depression, stress or burn out - and 41 per cent admitting that they need a mental health boost.
research has shown a desire to focus more on the things that will better their mental and physical health.

In addition to mental health, nearly half (42 per cent) are worried about longer term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and overall physical health. And, when it comes to physical health, exercising more (51 per cent), having a healthier diet (46 per cent), and getting more sleep (37 per cent) are improvements adults intend to make in coming months.

January is often a time that many look to kick a habit and of the quarter (25 per cent) of respondents who smoke, half (50 per cent) will try to stop – with the hope that changing routines (52 per cent), distracting themselves with exercise (48 per cent) or even going cold turkey (46 per cent) will allow them to kick the habit.

A new mindset on money
The survey found that health will now dictate how Brits spend their money going forward in 2022, with nearly half (43 per cent) intending to spend more on themselves this year, because they feel they’ve neglected their health and wellbeing in the past. To improve their overall health and wellbeing moving forward, they plan to spend more than double on themselves compared to previous years - including splurging on things like weekend breaks, home DIY developments and vitamins, due to feelings of restriction and wanting to make up for lost time (41 per cent).

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2022 – the new year of motivation
In the past five years, Brits who have made resolutions have typically broken them within the second week of January (13th January), but this year things are looking more promising. More than a third (37 per cent) of those surveyed are motivated to make longer lasting changes this year, with (17 per cent) driven by their increased spend on themselves.

Additionally, a huge 64 per cent admit with every year that passes, they realise the value of their health more.

Victoria Steele, Chief Superintendent Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy, said:
“The results have really identified a noticeable shift in intentions.

Of course, the old classics of eating better and doing more exercise are always on people’s lists, however, the research has shown a desire to focus more on the things that will better their mental and physical health. It also shows a willing to spend a bit more money to ensure they lead happier lives – whether it’s on products that can help or experiences like a holiday.

It has been a strange few years, but it does feel like it’s time to turn the corner and be able to say hello to a fitter, happier, healthier, you.

LloydsPharmacy is here to help better yourself this year - whether that’s advice from one of our pharmacists, motivation from our expert advice articles or help from hundreds of products available online and instore – we can provide the support you need in fulfilling your resolutions in 2022.”

Behavioural Change Expert, Dr Heather McKee, said:
“Given the uncertainty we have experienced in the last few years, it fills me with excitement knowing people’s intentions are shifting more towards investing in what’s going to make them feel both physically and mentally healthier, as we move into 2022.

The research findings are very hopeful, as they reflect what we know from behavioural science to be the most effective way in supporting us to create long lasting, healthy habits. They demonstrate that we value our health now more than ever and want to protect our long-term wellbeing because of how we wish to feel in the future, and reap the rewards of the healthy living we practice now. These types of motivations are known as intrinsic motivation. Behavioural science research shows that if we pursue our habits based on these intrinsic reasons - because we wish to invest in ourselves and our wellbeing - we are more likely to be successful at making long-term changes.

I am excited to be working with LloydsPharmacy to drive home the message that 2022 really is the year of you. The brand has so many tools to help people achieve their goals this year, both instore and online whether that’s with products, advice from professional pharmacists or motivation support on the blog.”


Weekend breaks
Holidays abroad
Home renovations
Entertainment – including gigs, films and events
Health products – including vitamins
Gym memberships