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18 Things to Give Up for Lent

What are you giving up for Lent this year?

As the season of Lent approaches, many Christians in Schuylkill County and around the world are preparing to give up something for 40 days as a way to honor the sacrifice of Jesus and to show their devotion to God.

While some choose to give up things like chocolate or social media, others may choose to give up something more significant like a bad habit or negative behavior.

Lent Sacrifices

Check out 18 things you can give up for Lent to improve your life and strengthen your relationship with God.

Lent in 2023 is from February 22 through April 6.

Easter Sunday is April 9, 2023.

Negative self-talk

The first thing you can give up for Lent is negative self-talk. Many of us have a tendency to be overly critical of ourselves, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem. Instead, try practicing positive self-talk by focusing on your strengths and accomplishments.

Junk food

Giving up junk food for Lent can improve your physical health and help you break bad eating habits. Instead, focus on eating healthy, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

Social media

Social media can be a major distraction and source of negativity. Consider taking a break from social media for Lent and using that time to connect with loved ones or pursue a new hobby.


Giving up alcohol for Lent can have both physical and spiritual benefits. It can improve your health and help you develop self-control, while also showing your dedication to God.


Gossiping can be harmful to both the person being talked about and the person doing the talking. Instead, try focusing on positive conversations and uplifting others.


Complaining can be a major drain on your energy and contribute to a negative mindset. Instead, try practicing gratitude and focusing on the positive aspects of your life.


Television can be a major distraction from our daily lives and goals. Consider giving up TV for Lent and using that time to read, exercise, or spend time with loved ones.


Shopping can become a habit and lead to overspending and clutter. Giving up shopping for Lent can help you break this habit and appreciate the things you already have.


Procrastination – or putting things off – can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Instead, try developing a routine and setting achievable goals to help you stay on track.

Fast food

Fast food can be convenient but often lacks the nutrition our bodies need. Giving up fast food for Lent can encourage healthier eating habits and help you develop self-control.


Giving up selfishness for Lent can help you develop empathy and compassion for others. Consider volunteering or performing acts of kindness to help develop these qualities.


Caffeine can be addictive and can contribute to feelings of anxiety and insomnia. Consider giving up caffeine for Lent and finding healthier ways to boost your energy levels.


Negative thoughts and behaviors can lead to feelings of unhappiness and can harm your relationships with others. Instead, try focusing on positivity and kindness.


Multitasking can lead to decreased productivity and increased stress. Instead, try focusing on one job or thing at a time and giving it your full attention.


Overcommitment can lead to feelings of overwhelm and can contribute to burnout. Consider saying “no” to certain obligations and prioritizing your mental health.


Smoking is a harmful habit that can lead to serious health issues. Giving up smoking for Lent can improve your physical health and help you break this addiction.


Many Christians choose to give up meat for Lent as a way to practice self-discipline and focus on their faith. Pizza, fried fish, and macaroni-and-cheese are popular go-to dishes here but there are plenty of alternative meals for Lent, too.


Abstaining from whoopie for Lent can be a way to focus on your spiritual growth and demonstrate your commitment to your faith. It can also be a way to deepen your connection with your partner and improve your communication skills.

Need a place to pray in Schuylkill County? Check out our full Schuylkill County Church Directory.

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