Lent begins again on Ash Wednesday (February 14), but not everyone can afford to give up sugar, meat or alcohol for 40 days. Fasting doesn’t have to be limited to dieting—these ideas will protect your nerves, your wallet, and the environment.

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These Fasting Ideas Are Effective For Nerves

How about giving up digital media during Lent 2024? Just put down your smartphone and instead of Netflix, etc., pick up a good book. It may seem simple, but it’s not for everyone. Here’s how a digital detox can be successful:

  • To reduce smartphone usage time, apps that show users how much time they spend on their smartphone and what they are doing can help.
  • Smartphone users can set time intervals during which they deliberately use their phone, and then turn the device off again or put it in airplane mode. This will help you avoid mindless scrolling, especially at night.
  • Avoid online shopping and be conscious of purchasing regional products.

Post ideas for the environment and your wallet

BUND already had this idea for Lent several years ago: plastic fasting! This way, consumers are doing something good not only for the environment, but also for their wallet. Here’s how to avoid unnecessary plastic:

  • When shopping, look for eco-friendly packaging and, for example, if it’s yoghurt, use a glass rather than a plastic cup.
  • It’s also worth shopping at regional weekly markets where you can buy fresh produce rather than just picking up pre-packaged food from the supermarket.
  • Rice, pasta and other dry goods can also be purchased at so-called bulk stores.
  • Avoiding takeaway foods such as coffee is also a good idea during Lent. Disposable packaging made from aluminum, polystyrene foam or coated cardboard not only pollutes the environment, but also your wallet when used regularly. Instead, bring a lunchbox or insulated mug.


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