Mindfulness During Ramadan – How to Keep Your Cool?

Ramadan is a pillar of the Islamic faith and as such, it is incredibly important that you are completing it by fasting for one month of every year in the Arabic Calendar. Whilst this is extremely important and a good way to form a deeper connection with Allah and a strong belief in the Prophet Muhammad, there is also no getting away from the fact that the month-long fasting can be difficult to get through. This can have an impact on your mental health and as such, it is important that you are doing everything you can in order to practice mindfulness throughout Ramadan. This article, in collaboration with The Amal Foundation, will go through some of the most efficient ways that you can keep your cool throughout the month and see you all the way to Eid. 

Be Determined

One of the best things you can do throughout this period is to ensure that you are working with both energy and excitement. Muslims will face more challenges throughout Ramadan, which include the likes of being able to restrain from hunger, think about those less fortunate and work on self-reflection, so all of this can become a lot to deal with. As such, when you carry out this work, you need to ensure you are doing so with a sense of motivation. In doing this, you will become better throughout the whole process and the rest of the steps will come a lot easier as well. 

Be Sure to Eat a Sufficient Sahur Meal 

When you are eating your Suhur meal, it can be tempting to overeat as you break your fast for the day ahead. Whilst this may be alluring, you need to be sure that you are not overeating, and instead, eat a sufficient and moderate portion. If you end up overindulging and eating too much, then you are setting yourself up for failure during the rest of the day as you will likely feel drowsy and lack energy. Be sure to eat food that is made up of balanced menus which include protein, carbohydrates and fibre. When you are eating food that contains plenty of fibre, you will stay full for a lot longer. Not to mention, more veggies and fruits are also a great idea. 

Adjust Your Sleeping Time 

There are two schedules that you need to fix when it comes to making it through the month of Ramadan. The first one is your night schedule. If you find that you have a bit of a habit of sleeping in late, this is something that needs to be changed. You need to try and go to bed at an earlier hour because you are going to need to wake up early as well. 

Another schedule you need to be sure to change is what you do after Suhur and morning prayer. You might be tempted to continue sleeping but you should probably stay away from this because if you don’t it may well cause you to feel lethargic. You should instead consider doing some exercise or an energising activity. For instance, if you need to arrive in the office between the hours of 7 AM and 9 AM, rather than hang around it could be a good idea to leave right away. 

Be Sure to Keep Excited and Energised by Incorporating Other Activities Throughout the Day 

If you are working throughout Ramadan, you need to be sure that you are not treating your working day as an ordinary working day. Instead, you will want to be doing a few different things to make sure that you stay energised. This can include a few different things that you can do on your lunch break and around the office such as a bit of exercise, going for a walk, and chatting with your co-workers. You could even consider taking a bit of a nap during your lunch break if there is anywhere you can do so. Be sure to keep your nap short, around 20-30 minutes as if you do have anything more than this you are probably going to end up feeling lethargic afterwards.

Stay Away from Caffeine 

Sure, normally caffeine might play a part in keeping you awake and alert whenever you are feeling a bit tired; however, this is not the case during Ramadan. Because of the fact you are fasting throughout the day, you should refrain from caffeine during both Suhur and Iftar because it could end up causing pain in your stomach and can also end up making you ill. 

Stay On Top of Your Health 

You should make sure that you are avoiding unhealthy food when you have meals during Ramadan because it could end up having a negative impact on you. When you eat unhealthy food, you can wind up feeling sluggish and somewhat tired, all of which can make you feel deflated and can affect you both in a physical and an emotional sense. You will be able to overcome all challenges, those that you face when fasting, those in your professional life and also in your personal life if you are staying on top of your health throughout the month and not just overindulging whenever the sunsets. 

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