Many people – religious or not – use Lent as a way to better themselves as people, often done through sacrificing something for the period and giving something up.
What is Lent and why do we give things up?
Lent is the six-week, 40-day time period leading up to Easter and is one of the most important occasions of the year for Christians, especially those who are Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox.
Within the faith, it’s held with the same importance as the run-up to Christmas.
Generally, it is thought those participating in Lent do it in order to better themselves by giving something up, however, this isn’t entirely true.
The 40-day period is actually meant as less of a celebration, but more of a time to solemnly consider and reflect on Jesus Christ and his crucifixion, before the celebration of his resurrection can begin on Easter.
Giving something up is usually standard practice, however, it should be in order to focus on Christ and finding ways to grow that relationship with him and the Christian faith.
What are the best things to give up for Lent?
Many people have adopted giving up something for Lent as an annual tradition, be it religiously-based or not.
Some of the most popular choices can vary a lot, but some include giving up chocolate, alcohol, social media or even swearing:
A popular one for a reason, many choose to cut out their favourite sweet treat in the run-up to Easter, we wonder why?
It’s always good to give your body a break from drinking, even if we’re stuck in our homes due to lockdown and have virtually nothing else to do.
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Deleting different apps over Lent is a great option to consider, especially as many of us tend to find ourselves hooked on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok during our downtime.
If you’ve found yourself effin’ and blindin’ a bit too much (regardless of your frustrations!) you might want to consider getting yourself a swear jar and giving up the curse words!
Another hugely popular one for Easter is abstinence, with many choosing to abstain from sex or any sexual acts until the end of Lent.
This can mean something as simple as donating whatever you can to a charity or cause of your choice.
Taking hot showers
Doing your bit for the environment is always a good thing and although many of us consider a hot shower a necessity and not a luxury, it’d be interesting to see how quickly one can adapt to a cold shower.
Sometimes our skin needs a break, although, lockdown has already given many a helping hand on that front. Entirely give up makeup for a month and just watch the amount you’ll save.
Fast food and takeaways
Here’s one which will be quite tough for a lot of people, especially given the circumstances. With JustEat, UberEats and Deliveroo bombarding our emails with offers and discounts on the daily, it feels near impossible to resist temptation.