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Why I Have Given Up Social Media For Lent

By the time I’m publishing this, I’m a good few days in to Lent and have already deleted all my social media apps. The thing is, I’m not religious and don’t normally give Lent a second thought… so why have I have gone for it this year? And why social media…?

This post is not affiliated or paid for in anyway and contains purely my own opinions.

What is Lent?

Traditionally, Lent is “frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or giving something up or abstinence. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or birthday; a commencement Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection.” Quoted from 40acts.org.uk.

My understanding has always been that people will give something up for 40 days and 40 nights, and having gone to a Church of England primary school, I remember that it’s to replicate the sacrifices of Jesus in the desert… alas, primary school is as far as my religious understanding goes. There’s a very in depth article from the BBC all about Lent, as well as shrove Tuesday.

Like many Christian holidays… cough, cough, Christmas… Lent isn’t necessarily about religion anymore and is used as a time to give up something, generally a bad habit! I’m not one to give up things I enjoy, but this year I decided it would be different.

For me, I’m a stickler for having a set time frame for any kind of goal. If I ever start something it has to be a Monday, or 1st of the month. So if I wanted to give something up, Lent seems like the best time to go for it, and a fairly manageable time frame.

Giving up social media

So, why social media?

…Do you ever feel like you’re addicted to your phone? Like, you’re not really doing anything in particular, just aimlessly scrolling? Cause honestly, that’s where I’ve got to lately.

I’m pretty busy day to day with work, so when I get home I like to relax and do things I enjoy. However, I’ve noticed more and more lately that I’ve become a lot lazier than usual. My hobbies fell by the wayside and instead, I’d just scroll through Instagram or tiktok, wasting literally hours. I tell myself I’m working on my blog, but literally I’d just be scrolling and if anything, it’s been to totally detrimental to my blog.

In fact, I’ve well and truly fell in to the trap of comparison. Instead of working on my blog, I’d just look at everyone else succeed and feel bad that I wasn’t… same with my most recent hobby, candle making. Tiktok is full of success stories and I couldn’t understand why that wasn’t me… whilst scrolling tiktok and not making any candles.

By January it was a never ending cycle of feeling like I’m not achieving anything… but also not putting in the time to work towards my goals.

How has it been going so far?

So far it’s been way easier than I though it would be. I expected to be tempted daily to log back in to Instagram “just for a few minutes”, but actually I’ve hardly missed it! I guess that shows how much I needed a break though.

Have you given anything up for lent this year, or take a social media break recently? Tell me all about it in the comments!