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Ramadan is the time to empty your stomach and feed your soul! This Holy month is a perfect chance to focus on your peace of mind, soul, and body. Not many know, but there are numerous benefits of fasting during the month of Ramadan such as:
- One gets to practice self-control by restraining from eating
- Develop empathy for the poor by putting oneself in their shoes and be thankful for one’s blessings
- Provide a helping hand for the poor and repent for their sins
Moreover, fasting can do wonders for the body. Science has backed this concept by introducing intermittent fasting as it helps the immune system to release stem cells that promote healing. Fasting boosts cognitive performance and supports weight loss. It minimizes associated chronic diseases, reduces inflammation, decreases the risk of metabolic diseases, and is also believed to minimize the risk of cancer.
To make the most of the month of Ramadan, we have a ready reckoner for you! Check out our top 5 tips to get ready for the Holy month. You may thank us later *winks*
1. Write Down Your Goals And Make A Schedule
Make a list of goals, prioritizing from most important to the least important in terms of reciting the Holy Quran, offering prayers, doing zikr, practicing Sunnah (actions practiced by the Holy Prophet Peace Be Upon Him), doing charity by feeding birds, and poor and so on. It is important that you decide on a minimum and maximum figure for the task.
2. Start Adjusting Your Routine In Advance
Who likes growling tummies? Nobody. The first week of fasting is always the adjustment period so be prepared to experience some uproar from the idle stomach. However, if you start adjusting your sleep and eating schedule a few days in advance, then the body is not taken by surprise.
3. Plan Your Menu
If you want to fast comfortably then it is mandatory to eat a balanced diet that is low in oil and spices as these ingredients make the fasting person feel more thirsty. Moreover, add oral rehydration solutions (ORS) to avoid dehydration and migraines. Yogurt and dates help to boost energy levels and must be taken during Sehri (dawn) and Iftar (dusk). For enhanced benefits, it is recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes before Iftar.
4. Uninstall Social Media Applications
Don’t be shocked! This opportunity comes just once a year. You would not want to waste your time over social media at least during Ramadan. After all, there is plenty of time all over the year to waste on Facebook and Instagram. It’s the perfect time for the much-needed digital detox!
5. Do all Eid shopping beforehand
Maybe this tip should have been the first and foremost one. We mean it! Do all your shopping beforehand otherwise, you will just end up looking at Eid collections. This will be an addition to your mental well-being, we tell you.
Last but not the least, don’t let the pandemic stress get you this Ramadan. Just stay home and observe fasting. This too shall pass folks, there is always light at the end of every tunnel. *virtual hugs*
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