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So this month it’s Easter. Which means an awful lot of different things, depending on your religion or your spiritual beliefs. Or your love of chocolate. How you react to this time of the year will depend on your circumstances, and whether or not you have a partner or children.

I live in Australia and am non-religious with a house full of animals and a partner, but no kids. For us Easter is a kind of non-event. We love having the days off work, and we tend to go absolutely nuts on the chocolate Easter Eggs that fill our stores. This then leads us to feel guilty once the holiday is over, since we’ve usually wasted the time off, and eaten far too much bad food, possibly gaining weight. It seems to bring the general tone of the year down – after a fresh start with New Year’s Resolutions it’s not great for your self-esteem to act like a selfish kid-in-a-candy-store.

This year we’ve decided, that spiritual or not, we can use our holidays to focus on family, not food. My mum has just had an operation, and my sister was in a work accident recently and my partner and I are now busying planning on giving things to do for them on the holidays. Even a night of board games at home will cheer everyone up!

Of course for others, Easter is an intensely spiritual time, and if that is your belief, then don’t let anyone take away faith from you. Reconnect with your religion and your church, help out with as much volunteering as you can manage – there is plenty of things that can probably even be done from home, if you find it difficult to travel far. Use any time of work you have to see the bigger picture in life – that there is more to life than just mad consumerism.

Written by: Jody

"If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?"
Stanislaw J. Lec

"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."
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