Want to do a 40 Day Lent Challenge? Here are eight ideas.
It’s Ash Wednesday which means it’s the start of Lent. Traditionally it’s a time where people give up something they love for 40 days until Easter Sunday as a sign of sacrifice and self-discipline.
Christians do this to represent Jesus’ sacrifice when he went into the desert to pray and fast for the 40 days and nights before he died on the cross.
On social media, Lent has become a time where people like to complete challenges for 40 days in order to improve their life. This could be giving something up, like chocolate, or it could be doing something physical like completing a random act of kindness every day.
If you want to complete a 40-day challenge during Lent, here are eight ideas…
1. Technology fast
For the next 40 days, you could set yourself a goal to reduce your time on technology and social media. Even if it’s just spending an hour reading a book or going for a walk, a break from that screen could do you wonders.
Another 40-day Lent Challenge you could try is this decluttering challenge. Every day for 40 days, you clear out a different part of your home. Then, by Easter Sunday you’ll feel like a new person!
3. Post a photo every day
Or why not try a 40-day photo challenge for Lent. Every day, post a different photo to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook that relates to the categories shown below.
4. Acts of kindness
Every year, a popular 40-day Lent Challenge is about distributing random acts of kindness. Why not set yourself the challenge of doing something nice for someone every day. Whether it’s sending your co-worker a nice message or holding the door open for someone, it could really brighten their day.
5. Give up unhealthy food
This one’s very traditional, but if you’re feeling in need of a little detox you could give up unhealthy food for lent. It could be anything from sweets to chocolate or alcohol to fast food, and you’ll no doubt feel better at the end of it.
If you feel like improving your fitness and getting outdoors, why not set yourself a steps goal for Lent. It could be 5,000, 10,000 or even 15,000 if you’re feeling extra active.
7. Give to charity
Lent is all about sacrifice, so what better 40-day Challenge than to give to others. Everyone has a lot of clutter in their house that they never use, so why not fill up a bag of unwanted goods every day and take it to your local charity shop.
8. Food banks
Along the same lines of giving to others, you could help out the food banks this lent by placing an item into a box every day for 40 days and then taking the box to your local food bank on Easter Sunday.