With Lent rapidly approaching, everyone starts to panic about what they are going to give up. Most women go with either Chocolate or Wine and men tend to give up Beer.
But what should we be giving up? We surround ourselves every day with negativity without even realising, so how do we switch that negativity for positivity? We let go of something important to us to appreciate the smaller things in life. Most things we give up are luxuries. Chocolate and Beer for instance, are things we choose to indulge in but we don’t need. What happens when you exclude the important things we take for granted, like escalators? Or pillows? See… bet you’ve never even thought about giving them up but what would you do without them? Yes, you would make do. So we got together and came up with a list of everyday essentials we take for granted. No, we’re not talking about your Michael Kors handbag or your collection of Armani AX watches, but real essentials ladies! We suggest you choose at least one of the options to detox your life for Lent. Obviously, you can choose as many as you like but I bet just 1 will be hard enough! So here it goes… Lent.
Elevators & Escalators
Right, so you won’t be able to do this is if, like me, you have to use escalators to get to the platform that your train leaves from to get to work everyday. So think about your daily routine before you give this up. If I could walk to work, get the bus or even drive to work to complete this for Lent, I would. Simply because of the reason I can’t do it. They are a part of my everyday life and I never even noticed until I thought about giving this up. Instead, just dedicate your life to stairs. Refuse to take the elevator and take the stairs instead. You’ll get a bum to die for before the 40 days are up – promise!
Think about it… how many times a week, no wait, how many times a day, do you press the snooze button? At least 3 times? Well, give it up! Set one alarm and force yourself out of bed. No more lounging around or ‘snoozing’, just get your arse up, make yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of H20 if you’re going for #1 too) and enjoy your breakfast. This snooze button is so bad that some people actually plan their alarm around snoozing. But it’s worse for you! Nobody likes getting up but you’re more likely to feel awake and refreshed getting up straight away, than just waiting for the very last moment when you HAVE to. If you like your sleep then this one will be hard but you may as well give it a go!
I love my pillows. I love the feeling you get when you’ve just got out the bath, you sit in your bed (with brand new sheets) wearing brand new pj’s and freshly shaven legs and surround yourself with ALL the pillows. There is no better feeling in the world. But it just wouldn’t be the same without pillows. You would think that you would have numerous neck problems if you removed your pillow from your night’s sleep but actually, it would only be sore for the first few days when it aligns itself correctly. Sleeping without a pillow is more beneficial for your neck and back, it just might not seem like it.
I would much rather have a phone call with someone rather than text them. The amount of misinterpretation caused by texts and let’s not forget about “x’s”. I mean, what are they? If a guy only puts 3,546 x’s instead of your 3,565, that obviously means he doesn’t like you and is annoyed for a reason other than your silly games, right? If someone texts you, just give them a call. Your phone should be a tool for communication, not the middle man. You learn so much more about people and their day when you recite every detail from memory. Not from memory, to words, to shorten and then send. There’s too much thinking involved in texting. I am all for “Think Before You Speak” and all that, but don’t take it that far! Texting is just a bad habit we should all give up, not just for Lent.
TV is taking over everyone’s lives. From Netflix to Internet, everything is available on “Box Set” these days and we can even access it on our phones and computers. What happens when you give it up? Rather than watching your soaps, read a book and educate yourself. Go for a walk instead or listen to your favourite album. Personally, I like dancing around my bedroom with a hair brush but I occasionally read a book or two as well. It’s so refreshing to give my eyes a rest from screens. We forget how much strain we put on our eyes every day so switch a screen for nature and you will soon see the difference! It’s all about connecting to ourselves and nature… not TV and the Internet.