Of course, we mean “getting through” lightly, as Ramadan is a privilege to Muslims, who take this time to experience deep gratitude, practice self-discipline, and help others. However, the not eating food or drink until sunset part can be a little tough – especially in a western world that embraces snacking culture, runs off biscuits and cups of tea and has a somewhat interesting relationship with eating food out of boredom.
Not only that, but if you are fasting or partaking in Ramadan alone, this can make it twice as difficult when you are sat next to your work colleague, tucking into a bag of Haribo for breakfast.
So, with that in mind, this piece will offer you some tips on how you can make it through the more challenging aspects of Ramadan, straight from practising Muslims!
Get in a Decent Suhur – Suhoor
A suhur or suhoor is the breakfast that breaks the fast in the morning. Those who participate in Ramadan tend to wake up early to eat this first meal of the day and then proceed to fast until the evening. What you eat for breakfast will significantly impact how you will feel throughout the day. For example, if you opt for a bowl of cereal and a doughnut as your meal before dawn breaks, there is a good chance you will start feeling pretty hungry by around 9am. You will probably experience a sugar crash and might struggle with energy. Instead, opt for something that will fuel your body through the day, such as lean protein, healthy fats, and slow-release carbs. Not only will this give you the nutrients your body needs, but it will make the day go by much easier, especially while your body is adjusting!
Get Enough Rest
Not getting enough sleep or rest can be a massive issue for those who are not fasting, let alone those who are! You might find that your energy levels dip while adjusting to the fasting, and your body might call for a nap. If you are in a position to do so, then definitely take that moment to rest while you can. Ramadan is a spiritual time in which those who are partaking are dedicating their lives to worshiping and being closer to God and looking out for others – it is okay to rest and look after yourself too during this time. If you want to help those who are fasting, visit Global Relief Trust to contribute to the Ramadan appeal 2021.
We all know the importance of staying hydrated and fasting, and it can be difficult for those who have demanding jobs during the day. Use the times you are not fasting (in the evening or at dark) to hydrate as much as possible. For those who are unwell, elderly, or children, it is not recommended you skip water at all if you participate in the fasting, and be sure to listen to your body.