Each year I find that Lent provides the best opportunity to quiet my mind and spend quality time focusing on incorporating more prayer into my life. Even if you’re not a religious person, I think quieting the mind and spending time reflecting is an incredibly useful practice in creating a more peace-filled life. And I don’t know about you, but I could use some time quieting my mind.
Each year I give up something. Some vice I have or something that is consuming too much of my time or energy. I try to give up things that create negativity or don’t enhance my life in many ways OR I try to add something to my days that will bring benefit to my life. This year I want to give up and add a few things…
Give Up | Social Media…We’re talking Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter
I try not to spend ‘excess’ time on social media. I usually just hop on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter to either post new content, respond to messages, or connect with my family. I don’t spend time scrolling or roaming around too much. And while I feel I do pretty good at managing my time on social media, I still feel that sometimes I get distracted by what others are doing and their ideas and thoughts take up too much of my headspace.
Especially when I’m doing deep work on projects I feel like these distracted thoughts and ideas I catch from social media take up too much of my mental energy. I’m currently in a season of doing lots of deep creative work and need to take in a little less noise. So I thought, what better way to gain clarity than by eliminating other’s content.
Note: I have spent some time generating some content to last for the next 40 days that I will autopost to share some things with you all, but won’t actually be logging onto my accounts! I will still be writing blog posts here on the AOP website during Lent so be sure to check in her for updates!
Give Up | Fast Food….Oh, Chick-fil-A is my Weakness
When I get tired, busy, and in a rush I tend to not plan my meals well and will instead run through (usually) the Chick-fil-A drive through. Living in the glorious Peach State means there are Chick-fil-A’s all over the place tempting me with their easy access.
I realize this is a bad habit and the average person should not intake that much Chil-fil-A….so it’s gotta go!
This will force me to be better at preparing my meals and planning ahead. It will also help me with my goal of fueling my body with good food and nutrients.
Negative Self Rhetoric
This is a big one for me. Maybe it’s Winter. Maybe it’s busy seasons. Maybe it’s death. Maybe its lots of change. Maybe it’s something else or a combination or all these things….but my negative self talk has been in a bad place and I know this has got to change.
I think we all go through these phases and times. But it’s not helpful to us, those around us, or our big dreams. I recognize that when I have negative self rhetoric I’m not fun to be around and I squash many of my own ambitions. So during this season of Lent I am going to try and actively catch my negative self talk and turn it around.
A few things I plan to do when I’m feeling particularly negative:
- Go for a Sunshine Walk. My Nutritionist Erin O’Dwyer does these and I think it can be a cure for the Winter blues.
- Journal and try and figure out where the negative talk is stemming from.
- Pick some flowers or buy some flowers to fill my space. It might sound excessive, but when I have fresh blooms in my home, everything feels better to me.
- Light a candle and relax. P.S. – My favorite candle is now discontinued, currently taking suggestions for a new favorite!
Are you participating in the season of Lent? What are you planning to sacrifice this season? Please share below. I would love to hear!