Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Lent is a great time to change

Forget looking at your mobile before bed, why don’t you just put it away.

Lent has just started and it’s a great time for you to make changes in your life that will benefit yourself and others.

It took me a while to think about what I was going to go off or on. I eventually decided I would cut out looking at social media from 9.30pm each night. This may not sound like much of a change or sacrifice but to me it is.


Some of my friends have decided to completely ditch social media during lent which is fantastic. The reason I wouldn’t do this is because social media plays a huge role in my business but what I used to do was sit on my phone that extra hour or even two at night when it could be better spent reading something useful, switching off or getting a little bit more sleep.

Social media plays a huge role in people’s lives. It is a great way to connect with other people, help promote your business, share ideas and even entertain you. The downside is that we can get sucked right into it, we can lose hours per day constantly checking our news feeds and taking online quizzes to see what type of cat you are – yes this is a real thing.

Lent is a great time for you to take a moment and reflect on what sacrifices you can make not just over the next 40 days but for the rest of your life.
When you step back on one thing it leaves an opportunity to do another.

For example, if you decided to go off takeaways over lent then why not replace that by cooking a new healthy Saturday night meal. If you go off social media, why not replace it with time spent on a good book or even take 10 minutes to meditate.

I’m going to share with you a little gem of a habit that I started a few months back. This habit has helped me massively and it could have a similar effect on you. Charge your phone outside your room! If you find yourself lying in bed and scanning through social media at night before you sleep then try charging your phone outside your room for a few weeks and see how it affects your quality of sleep.

Firstly, you won’t be tempted to pick up the phone and check Facebook one last time or respond to a message that could have waited until the morning.
Secondly you will be giving your mind time to switch off before you try to sleep. The blue light given off by the phone screen can keep your mind active for up to 20 minutes after you have stopped looking at your phone. That’s 20 minutes saved of tossing and turning.


Finally, when your alarm goes off in the morning, and yes you will hear it, you have to get up out of bed to turn it off rather than reaching for the snooze button and getting a few more extra minutes, which you don’t need or get any real benefit from.


Whatever you choose to go off (or on) for lent, take this time to see if it is something you can then continue to do to make you a better person and inspire others around to be a better version of themselves.

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