Lent 2018: 5 things to give up until Easter – which one will you choose?

Lent is a Catholic festival where followers typically give up something for 46 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter.

This is a form of self discipline, and traditionally it came with a number of rules.

For instance, Catholic weren’t allowed to eat meat on Wednesdays, Friday and Saturdays during Lent.

However, many people choose to pick just one particular thing to abstain from during this period. 

Here are some ideas of what you might consider giving up during the Lent period. 


Chocolate is a treat of choice for many, meaning it is a good thing to give up if you are serious about testing your discipline.

Try hiding your stash away, or giving it to a friend to stop yourself being tempted.  


Like chocolate, sex is a favourite pleasure for many people, and therefore hard to give up.

Abstaining over Lent might help you reconnect with your partner in other ways.

However, you might be tempted to break this when you hear how many calories sex burns.


We all know smoking is bad for you, so if you are still lighting up Lent might be the perfect time to quit.

It increases your chances of quitting or cutting back long time, and reduces your risk of a number of illnesses. 

You will also save a large amount of money, as cigarettes increasingly cost high prices.


While many of us enjoy alcohol when socialising or relaxing after a hard day, taking a break won’t hurt.

Try abstaining for the 46 days of Lent to see if being clear headed works for you. 


Traditionally, meat was given up or reduced during the Lent period by Catholics.

Giving up meat may also help to lower your bowel cancer risk.

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