Given up something for lent? How to stick to going without

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Giving up your favourite thing for 40 days (and sticking to it!) is tough, so here’s a guide on how to stick to some of the most common things people give up.

Chocolate, sweets and junk food

Some of our favourite treats and unsurprisingly some of the most common things given up for lent. If you’re finding it difficult after the first week of going without, hang in there! Next month is the British Heart Foundation’s DECHOX – an entire month dedicated to challenging yourself to give up chocolate for March. As well as fitting in nicely with lent, it’s a great way to raise some money for a fantastic cause and their website is full of ideas to help you combat the cravings.

Find out more about DECHOX here.


Lent is a great opportunity to kick a smoking habit and this is yet another cause actively supported by the British Heart Foundation. National No Smoking Day is 11 March – and there’ll be plenty of support on Twitter on the official hashtag #NoSmokingDay to give you a motivational boost.

Find out more about No Smoking Day here.

Have a smartphone? There are apps such as Smoke Free available to help you give up for good. See in real-time how much money you’ve saved, how long you’ve been smoke free, how many cigarettes not smoked and how your health is improving since you’ve been smoke free.

Have you given up something for lent?

Whatever you’re trying to give up – having a plan will help. Look for other things to do, such as trying a new hobby or looking for alternatives to what you’ve given up without cheating. For example, if you’re giving up chocolate – why not try a smoothie to get your sweet fix instead?

There are apps to help keep you focussed on your goal such as Days Without, available on iOS. The app keeps track of how long you’ve ‘gone without’ and allows you to track multiple goals at a time. Plus, if you swap smoking for exercising you can track your ‘days with’ to see how long you’re sticking to your new goals and hobbies.

Have you given up something for lent? Vote on our poll and let us know what you’ve given up by commenting below.

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Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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