We're less than two weeks away from Ramadan and we couldn't be more excited! It's a much-needed reprieve for Muslims everywhere, as we seek to have a fulfilling month that brings us closer to our Creator, insyaAllah. To prepare for such a time, it's important to not only prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually but physically as well. After all, it is a time where we'll be fasting for more than 12 hours a day. Here's a few things you can to do prepare your body for the upcoming holy month.
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1. Regulate your sleep
Getting enough sleep is important, no matter what your age is. If you're someone who regularly burns the midnight oil or is a night owl, there's no better time than now to adjust your sleeping schedule. With enough rest, waking up on time for sahur will be a breeze. Plus, it'll help you last through the fasting hours.
2. Reduce caffeine intake
If you’re a lover of caffeinated beverages - whether it’s coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks - chances are you might be struggling to get through the fasting hours from the lack of caffeine. To combat this, it's best to reduce your intake slowly leading up to the days of Ramadan. You can try going cold turkey but we recommend baby-stepping it to prevent shocking your body system.
3. Cut down on snack timesCredit: Giphy
As huge foodies, we can't deny that snacking is one of our all-time favourite things to do. But in preparation for Ramadan, it's in our best interest (and every other fellow foodie out there) to cut down on it. Put away the chips and the chocolate, and start stocking your pantry with other essential pantry staples
4. Be mindful of eating habits
It's also good to practice moderation when eating from now, so we don't go into Ramadan in a state of scarfing down food when it's time to break fast. Being mindful of your eating habits in advance of Ramadan will be a good way to know what quantities you actually need to eat to be satiated without overdoing it, so you can still continue with prayers and other deeds comfortably.
5. Voluntary fast days
There's no better way to prepare yourself for Ramadan than with a few voluntary fasts right before the month begins. It'll essentially help your body to adapt and you won't find the first few days of fasting too difficult. Not to mention, it's a great opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from the previous year.
6. Visit a doctor
Medical checkups are essential. If you feel the slightest bit of concern over your health, make sure to schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you're unsure, it's better to be safe than sorry. Going into Ramadan with a healthy body is reassuring and with that, you'll be able to power through it with no problem!
7. Bonus: Reduce smoking or quit
Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared are very likely to experience withdrawal symptoms like impatience, anger and restlessness. In order to avoid this, the first step is to reduce smoking during the day to mimic a normal day of fasting in Ramadan. Once you've gotten the hang of it, take the opportunity to quite it altogether!