Thursday 25th Feb - What can I give up

8 Creative Things to Give Up for Lent
We are 9 days into Lent. To prepare for Easter, it's Christian tradition to give something up, or commit to changing something during Lent. Here are a few things you may not have thought of:

  • Your favourite streaming service   Think you can go 40 days without Netflix? Or Amazon Prime, Disney+ etc? Try logging out of your favourite streaming services on your devices. You'll be surprised how much extra time you have at the end of the day.

  • Gossip     Steer conversations away from gossip.  If a friend starts talking about someone else, say something nice about that person and change the subject.

  • Alcohol    Giving up that glass of wine with dinner might be tough, but it could have life-changing benefits. Pressing pause on alcohol could improve your sleep, skin, and mood - and help you save money while you do it. At least try two alcohol-free days.

  • Your phone after 8pm   You're probably not doing anything important on your phone after 8pm, anyway. Instead of scrolling Instagram for hours, dock your phone and spend quality time with those you live with. Before bed, read a book to fall asleep.
  • A half-hour of sleep  Wake up half an hour earlier and spend that extra time reading something inspirational, doing some light exercise, or just calling to mind things you’re thankful for or hoping for and remembering or praying for others.
  • Your favourite junk food  Is there a not-so-great-for-you processed food that you can't resist? Chocolate, ice-cream,chips……) Try giving up that food for Lent. You just might surprise yourself with a creative, healthier alternative.
  • Negativity   Whenever you find yourself in a feedback loop of negative thoughts, try to think of three things you're thankful for.

  • Bottled Water   Swap those plastic water bottles for an environmentally-friendly reusable one. And use tap water instead.

With thanks to Good Housekeeping