1. When it's only sahur and you're already thinking of iftarDuring sahur, you're half awake and absent-mindlessly shoving food into your mouth..
2. When the start-of-Ramadan adrenaline wears offThe first few days? Easy peasy! You can barely feel the hunger pangs, your energy is at an all-time high and you think you're off to a good, strong start...
3. Your stomach growling THE. ENTIRE. DAY."Do you hear that?" "What's that noise?" "Is it just me or is someone really hungry?" Credit: Giphy "It's not my stomach... if that's what you're asking..."
4. When all that you see online is just food and nothing elseIt seems like everything and anything you scroll through online is about food, and oh my, it's so hard to resist thinking about what to eat for iftar later. Credit: giphy But nope, you don't scroll past them. You still stop to stare at the food. Credit: giphy
5. Trying not to sleep at work/schoolWe've all been here before! It's already hard enough to concentrate on a usual day at work or school sometimes but without your morning coffee fix in Ramadan, you're probably looking like this... Credit: Giphy Your eyes feel heavy and your head starts bobbing down but before you fall into a deep sleep, you jolt yourself awake and pray none of your colleagues saw that ? Our advice - take a power nap! If it doesn't work, try washing your face or chat with your colleagues. If all else fails, keep and calm and make du'a.
6. Those "Wait, not even water?!" commentsCue the internal eye roll..
We’re all too familiar with the facepalm expression we give after the "Are you sure?" comment!
7. The dreaded food comaThe 3 stages when you're breaking fast: Stage 1 - That first bite euphoria✨
8. Covering your mouth so that people can't smell your breath?Come on, we're all guilty of this ? An entire day of not eating or drinking is good for the soul of course, but it may leave your breath smelling a little funky?
9. Counting down the hours to iftarT-6 hours to iftar; you try to distract yourself as much as possible but catch yourself staring at the clock multiple times during the day?
10. Knowing the exact time for iftar
11. When you go to the mosque for Taraweeh and your shoes are lost foreverA familiar sight at every entrance to the mosque, you know NEVER to wear your favourite shoes to Taraweeh because the chances of you ever seeing it again? Pretty slim.
12. During Taraweeh, you can't help but hope the imam doesn't read too long surahsIt's a constant internal struggle you go through - wanting to immerse yourself in prayer yet hoping the Taraweeh prayer would not take too long. Credit: giphy But then you remember how blessed you are to meet the month of Ramadan, and you press on nonetheless ? Credit: giphy As challenging (and hilarious?) as some of these experiences may be, nothing beats the peace and serenity this holy month brings you! Ramadan Mubarak, everyone! Here's to another fruitful, amazing Ramadan✨