Ramadan is about nurturing your mind, body and soul. Now is the time to prepare yourself for the blessed month.
Here are some tips to get you started:
NUTURE YOUR BODY:
Decrease your daily dose of caffeine until you can control your own mind without outer influences. Become a master of your own mind.
- Stay hydrated. There is nothing more cleansing for you than staying hydrated.
- Start eating a good hearty and healthy breakfast so you have energy throughout the day. You could make your own granola or have other energy giving foods. Don’t limit your morning meal to protein or carbs; breakfast needs to be balanced too, Sass says. Instead of having just yogurt, add some high antioxidant fruit, a good fat like nuts or seeds, and raw or toasted oats. And go for organic nonfat yogurts to maximize protein and quality.
- Try to set up a good sleep routine. Sleep always gets messed up during Ramadan; people stay up the entire night and sleep during the day. Try to wake up for Fajr this week so you are in the habit of not missing sahoor.
Keep on moving on: after breaking your fast, try to walk around your neighborhood even if you feel uber lazy. Then you can Uber it to the mosque for your night prayers.
Ramadan is not about starving yourself or being hard on you. Write your goals and be kind to yourself and others.
NURTURE YOUR MIND AND SOUL:
Try to refrain from wasting your time and energy on things that do not add value to you or others. Make your conversations matter, do things that matter. Practice mindfulness, which is a mental state of awareness, focus and openness – which allows you to engage fully in what you are doing at any moment.
Declutter your space and clean up before Ramadan. Decorating specifically for Ramadan will get you and your family into the spirit. Everything seems real yet surreal when you put up fairy lights.
Give away stuff for charity. We are blessed enough to have more than what we need. Give some to those who are truly in need through different organizations in your hood.
Learn more about Ramadan by reading more about its significance, understanding the Quran and keeping your family involved in all of this.