Healthy Living: Ten things to give up for Lent – and beyond

Why waste time worrying about the small stuff, says Holly
Why waste time worrying about the small stuff, says Holly

Whether you’re religious or not, Lent is the perfect time to challenge yourself and make room for positive lifestyle changes.

Forget giving up chocolate or cutting out caffeine for 40 days, here are 10 things that can be given up which will benefit everyone permanently.

Being late

If you need to be somewhere, make the effort to leave early and allow plenty of time. Leaving others waiting is unfair and rushing around will only stress you.


Easier said than done, but why waste time worrying about the small stuff? Improve problems as much as you can and move on.

Using your phone

Scrolling through Facebook or texting when you have company is rude. Pay attention to the person you’re with and rediscover the joy of human interaction minus the technology.


Stop the negative talk and put-downs. Each time you look in the mirror identify one thing you like about yourself. Concentrate on your strengths and find ways to embrace your weaknesses – they’re part of what makes you you.


There’s no time like the present. Get the thing you’ve been dreading over with and move on. Why wait to buy those shoes you’ve had your eye on for so long? Life’s too short, live for the moment.

Ordering ‘the usual’

Try something new – how do you know you don’t like it if you don’t try? Stop avoiding change. Travel to different places, take up a new class or rock that hairstyle you’ve always wanted to try.

Ignoring speed limits

Some of them are ridiculous but they are there for a reason. Everyone has to abide by them so what makes you any different? If you’re in such a rush refer back to point one.

Judging people

Make a conscious effort not to judge others. Whether it’s the lady on the bus with awful shoes or the guy in front who looks like he needs a wash. Never judge a book by its cover, get to know someone first – they may surprise you.

Being wasteful

We waste so much without realising. Whether it’s food, clothes or household products – we constantly buy more. Take a look at what you already have and use the old stuff before buying new. As well as wasting less you will save money.


While the odd update is fine, we don’t want to see daily photos of your dinner or be notified every time you check in to McDonald’s. And stop with the selfies. You haven’t changed that much since the picture you uploaded yesterday.