Lent is the period leading up to Easter and starts on Ash Wednesday (17th Feb) and ends on Saturday 3rd April. It is considered one of the most important times of year for many Christians and it celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Traditionally, it is celebrated with a 40-day fast (excluding Sundays) or giving up something as it is an imitation of when Jesus Christ fasted in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.
Christians around the world observe Lent in many ways. Orthodox Christians observe the fast strictly and give up meat, fish, eggs and fats. Whereas, others will choose to give up one luxury item during this period such as chocolate, alcohol, watching TV. Whether you practise Christianity or not, Lent may be a good period for you to refocus and take this time to work on yourself.
It is a common misconception that the Lent period is for giving up on certain foods or drinks but you can give up bad habits you want to shake off or if there is a something positive you would like to bring into your life. Here are some examples that you might want to try out this Lent!
Reduce Your Screen Time
Don’t underestimate this one. Not only will you be left with a whole bunch of free time but you will start to experience the many benefits of ditching your phone or laptop. Research has shown that there is a strong link between heavy internet use and depression. Taking a break from social media can do wonders for your self-esteem and you can get back to feeling confident. Check out our step by step guide to a social media detox here.
No More Gossiping
Like the saying goes ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’. Take these 40 days to stop being negative and inject positivity into your life. Actively remind yourself not to say anything negative and you might find yourself realising how often we find ourselves gossiping. Instead why don’t you try giving out compliments to those around you. This might make someone’s day and you will feel good too!
Give Up Your Weakness
You might not like what I am going to say next but this is the perfect time to cut out fizzy drinks, chocolate or whatever your weakness maybe. It takes 21 days to form a habit so you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle. By cutting fizzy drinks out of your diet, you are lowering your risk for weight gain and you may possibly lose weight as well. By giving up 3 chocolate bars a week, you could cut up to 2,488 calories a month.
40 Days of Change
Take these 40 days and utilize them well. For example, I am the type of person who needs a clean and tidy space to optimize my productivity and it can influence my mood. I will be taking these 40 days to organize small parts of my home one step at a time and hopefully by the end of the 40 days my house will be squeaky clean!
You can get really creative with these 40 days. Some other ideas include:
- 40 days of kindness – perform one act of kindness every day
- 40 days of self-care – take a small chunk of your day and treat yourself
- 40 days of no spending – if you find yourself spending excessively on things that you don’t need really need but want!
We would love to hear what you get up to in the 40 days of Lent! Please feel free to contact us on Instagram (@loveyourselfhq) to let us know if you have come up with any new ideas or you have been trying out some of our ideas!
By Pooja Depala