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Five simple steps to help you prepare for Ramadan
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Five simple steps to help you prepare for Ramadan

Five simple steps to help you prepare for Ramadan
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Disclaimer: Cairo, Egypt, November 5, 2018: Ramadan lanterns at one of the shops in Khan el-Khalili in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / rasoul ali

 

The first day of Ramadan is likely to fall on May 6th. Getting into the new routine of Ramadan could not be an easy task for many, especially when it involves fasting during the hot climate.

To take full advantage of this holy month, we need to prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. Here we bring you some tips to help you prepare for Ramadan and avail the blessings of the holy month.

1. Fast voluntarily

Ramadan is more than just fasting and prayers. A better understanding of why Muslims fast will enable us to properly benefit from the act of fasting physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The best way to prepare you to fast relentlessly for 30 days of Ramadan is to start fasting voluntarily. You can choose to fast once or twice a week as per your convenience. Fasting during the ongoing month of Shaaban of the Muslim calendar is highly encouraged in Islam to ease fasting during Ramadan.

2. Cut down on eating

With less time to eat in Ramadan, we should pay attention to what we eat. Now is the best time to research the nutritious value of the food we eat. While we fast, the food we eat before we start our fast or to break our fast needs to provide the optimal energy so we can accomplish our daily tasks and increase our worship.

Cutting down on snacking will help you fast better during Ramadan. You won't feel the long gap between your meals. Also, try to cut down on eating out.  This will not only make you healthier but also manage your craving for fast food during the holy month. Adapt health food habits that you can carry during Ramadan. You may choose to learn some healthy recipes for the holy month. Taking meals at fixed times will also help dealing with long hours of fasting.

3. Consult doctor

For those suffering from health issues including diabetes and blood pressure, it is the time to speak to the doctor. Check with your doctor if you can fast and the doctor shall guide you on how to stay healthy while fasting.

4. Regulate sleep pattern

The sleep pattern changes completely during the month of Ramadan.  And if you are amongst the late risers, you may need to work on your sleeping habit. Try to go to bed early and wake up on time. If possible, try taking naps during the day. The habit can help you stay energetic during the Ramadan.

5. Quit smoking

Smokers who fast unprepared during Ramadan can experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anger, headache and difficulty fasting for long hours. Fasting requires abstinence from smoking as well as eating and drinking during the day. Ramadan provides an ideal opportunity for smokers to quit. Activities such as family visits and prayers during the holy month can help keep an individual occupied and assist him or her in quitting smoking.

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