Ground Report | New Delhi: Tips to Prepare for Ramadan; Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for all adult Muslims. Every Muslim wants to make the most of the month to take advantage of the blessings of the holy month.
The month of Ramadan encompasses much more than abstaining from food and drink. It is to focus less on worldly desires and more on our faith. In this sense, Ramadan serves to ” refresh ” our faith, a celebration that reminds us to pause and focus again on what is really important for our lives.
However, immersing yourself in the new routine of Ramadan can be challenging for many, especially when fasting during the long summer months. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the upcoming Ramadan and make fasting easier:
Tips to Prepare for Ramadan
Food consumption: Start by eating moderate amounts. Don’t waste food because Ramadan is coming up. This will only increase your appetite and make it more difficult to fast.
Early Breakfast: During Ramadan, we wake up early for Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal before the fast begins. It is important not to skip this. Start eating breakfast early from now on to help your body get used to the earlier hours, especially if you don’t like breakfast very much.
Do not snack: Get used to having three main meals -breakfast, lunch and dinner- and avoid snacking in between. During Ramadan, you will have to get used to having two main meals, Suhoor and Iftar. This way, you only have to eliminate one meal.
Reduce your coffee consumption: If you are a coffee lover and do not want to get a pounding headache during the first days of Ramadan, start reducing your caffeine intake now. Switch to decaf, one coffee at a time, until you’re only drinking decaf, then cut it out entirely.
Quit Smoking: Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared may experience various withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anger, restlessness, impatience, and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. To avoid this, cut back on cigarettes throughout the day to mimic what will happen when you fast. It is also good to see Ramadan as an opportunity to completely kick bad habits like smoking.
Voluntary Fasting Days
What better way to prepare for Ramadan than through practice? Try to do a few fasts before Ramadan to help you adjust. This is also a great opportunity to make up for missed fasts from last year.
Regulate sleep: If you normally go to bed late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep now, because during Ramadan you will wake up early for Suhoor. As a result, you might also sleep earlier. Alternatively, take an afternoon nap and sleep in a bit later. Whatever sleeping habit you choose, start emulating it now.
Stock up: Meal planning before Ramadan can save you a lot of hassle, especially during the first week of Ramadan while you’re busy adjusting. Prepare your menu for Iftar and Suhoor for the first seven days, make a list of the necessary ingredients and go shopping now while you are still full of energy.
Local Doctor: If you have concerns about your ability to fast for any reason, be it diabetes, high blood pressure, or reflux, now is the time to make an appointment with your doctor. Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fast.
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