If you’re anything like us, you have been waiting for Ramadan to arrive for a while, but can’t believe it is already here! To make sure that you are prepared, we have put together this handy checklist to ensure you are truly Ramadan ready!
- Cut out caffeine now – If you’re a heavy coffee or tea drinker and find the first few fasts extra tough due to caffeine withdrawal, it won’t hurt to slowly cut them out the week leading up to Ramadan. If it’s too late for you this year, there is always next Ramadan!
- Take a minute to remind yourself what Ramadan is all about – Ramadan provides an opportunity to slow down and reflect on what really matters. Take a minute to appreciate how blessed you are to have the health and wealth to be able to participate in fasting. Take the time to read literature regarding the significance of Ramadan. It will help you relax and look forward to the month ahead.
- Keep it healthy when you can – Like any holiday or festivity, Ramadan offers plenty of opportunities to indulge, especially when Aunty Naseem busts out her famous pakoras and fills a table with gulab jamans! Just keep your cool and try not to overeat and do your best to make healthy choices at suhoor and when you are having iftaar at home.
- Make a suhoor meal plan – There is nothing more difficult than trying to plan a meal before 5am. Plan a calendar of suhoors so you can limit thinking in the morning. If you’re a real superstar, prep meals the evening before and enjoy an extra 10 minutes of sleep in the AM.
- Start napping – When Ramadan starts, try to get into a pattern of taking a nap at the same time every day for 30-40 minutes. This will help your body re-charge and boost your restfulness. Even if you are not able to fall asleep, letting your body and mind rest will help keep you calm. If naps don’t work for you, try yoga!
- Get ready to give up bad habits – We all know Ramadan is about more than fasting. It’s also about avoiding other bad habits from swearing to gossiping. To keep yourself accountable, set-up a bad habits jar and put money in when you violate the rules. Add the money to your Zakat or donate it to another great cause at the end of the month.