What You DON’T Need To Give Up For Lent – Guest Post

This year, many people across the world will have given up for Lent, whether it was a bad habit, a junk food addiction or a lazy lifestyle. But, if you’re yet to have decided what you wanted to give up, then following my tip will be much alternative way to do lent for 2013 – keep in mind the reasons why you are giving up your particular vice and remember that there are plenty of things that you don’t need to give up for Lent!

Fasting – Giving up a certain food or drink is a common choice for Lent but is can be a detriment to your health. It is important to think carefully about the food you are choosing to abstain from – having no chocolate for a few days won’t do you any harm, but giving up something like bread or milk can sometimes make you ill. If in doubt, check with your doctor before giving up anything completely.


Quitting smoking – Many people try to give up smoking for Lent and this is generally a good idea. But ask yourself why you are giving it up before you start. If you don’t really want to quit but are doing it because of the time of year or pressure from loved ones, then you are more likely to relapse once Lent is over. If you are serious about quitting then get the right advice and help before you begin. NHS programmes and electronic devices such as e-cigarettes from http://www.ecigwizard.com/e-liquid/ can give you the right start and help you quit completely, even once lent is over.

Technology – Everywhere you look these days, there is someone using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other internet-ready device and for many, Lent is the perfect time to quit the habit. However, this resolution only works if, like smoking or junk food, you actually want to give it up. If you use your device for work or keeping in touch with your loved ones, then going cold turkey will be downright impossible. How about cutting down instead? Or only going online when absolutely necessary? Lent is about making positive changes and personal sacrifice, but that can come in many different forms depending on your lifestyle.

Put in rather than give up – While many people choose to give up something for Lent, why not try something a bit different and add something to your routine instead. Make a promise to spend more time with your family, get more exercise or take up a new hobby. Once you get into the swing of things, you will most likely find that you want to keep your new habit even after Lent is over.

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