Let’s talk about… lent

FOR MOST people, lent is a thing of the past, and unless you are religious, it is unnecessary. However, giving up something from tomorrow until Easter Sunday doesn’t have to be limited to those who are doing it for religious reasons. Here are my top 5 reasons to participate even if you weren’t planning on it:

Let's Talk About1) It can save you money. For example, if you feel that you are spending too much money on alcohol, then if you gave up drinking it for lent just think how much money you could save.

2) You feel good after completing the challenge. You realise that you don’t need whatever it was you gave up in the first place and you may feel healthier.

3) It increases your willpower. If you can cope with people waving chocolate in your face when they know you aren’t eating it until Easter, then you can cope with anything.

4) It doesn’t have to be a massive sacrifice, but at the same time there is no point giving up something that you never liked in the first place. It has to be something you notice is lacking. The choice is completely up to you. It doesn’t even have to be food: it could be Facebook or your Playstation.

5) Lent quite conveniently coincides with when most people give up on their New Years resolutions. Use this as motivation to get back on track. Link what you are giving up for lent in with what you decided to change at new year. If your NYR was to quit smoking and you’ve already cracked – don’t panic just try again, and now is a good time to try.