Fasting is a pillar of Islam; a prospect that comes around every year during the month of Ramadan. Every Muslim that is of the right age and is adequately healthy must fast in the month of Ramadan. However, it can be a difficult task, so we’ve put together some tips for our readers to help them fast with ease this Ramadan.
Prepare Yourself Mentally
Despite the physical constraints fasting puts on you, keeping a fast successfully is more of a mental challenge. If you are strong on the inside you will be able to fast more comfortably. Mentally preparing yourself for fasting is key, especially for those who are new to it. You have to prepare your mind and your body before you begin fasting. Factor in your daily routine and your workload then layout a plan accordingly outlining your work, sleep and rest schedules.
Eat Small Snacks after Breaking Fast and Leading Up to Suhoor
Eating small snacks will make you feel full. Eating properly after breaking fast is very important. Traditionally, people break their fast and immediately begin the Maghrib prayer, which is then followed by the meal before Taraweeh begins. Binge eating and taking long breaks between food intake would make you feel hungry during your fast. The same goes for eating fast and chugging food down. It will make you hungry and the cravings will kick in during the fast.
The First Fast Is Always Difficult
The first fast is always the hardest to get through. Afterwards, the body adjusts. The fast following it is easier than the one before and the next one even smoother. The human body is great at adaptability. As such, the task of fasting becomes much more manageable over the coming days. On a mental level, successfully completing the very first fast is a huge morale booster.
Keep Yourself Busy
One of the best ways to fast with ease is by keeping yourself busy. It keeps your mind off things and makes the time go by quickly as well. Before you know it, fasting will be just a few hours away. This is particularly important for Muslims who live in non-Muslim countries. People work normally during Ramadan in these parts of the world unlike in Muslim countries where offices shut down early to accommodate Muslims who fast. While work can be tiring, it does keep your mind occupied and the more the mind is not thinking about food, the better of it is.
These are just some tips on how to fast easily this coming Ramadan and how you can reap the most amounts of benefits from fasting in terms of your health. Be sure to check out Muslim Aid blog for more information on fasting and Ramadan.