5 Tips To Stay Healthy In the Last Ten Days of Ramadan
The Holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end.
As we near the last stretch- the last ten days of the blessed Ramadan, which is so special, some of us find our bodies in natural sync with the fasting routine, while others feel the fasting routine taking its toll on their physical and mental being.
The last ten days is spiritually rewarding because it has hidden within itself the Night of Power i.e. Layla tul Qadr. This was the night that the Quran was revealed to the Muslims throught Prophep Muhammad (PBUH) as a guide.
If you want to make your last ten days spiritually and physically productive, you must give your body the essential fuel to maintain its functioning.
Here are five tips that you can observe in order for you to function at your optimal level and preserve your energy that can then be dedicated solely to the act of heartfelt worship:
1. Don’t miss Suhoor (Pre dawn meal)
Towards the end of the month, our stomachs have adapted greatly to the amount of food we are consuming, leaving us feeling like we are not hungry.
Even if you do not feel hungry given the fasting routine, do not skip suhoor (pre- dawn meal).
Eat something small rather than leaving it out completely.
The pre-dawn meal is extremely important for getting you through the daylight hours. Eat energy-releasing foods, which are high in protein, fiber, and carbohydrates.
2. Drink plenty of water
Make a mental note to drink at least 8 glasses of water between 'iftar' (breaking of fast) and suhoor.
However, don’t chug it down all at once- drink slowly and with gaps.
Fruits have a high percentage of water so consciously eat fruits during the eating hours, they’ll also keep you hydrated. Hydration is important for maintaining high levels of energy.
3. Take naps!
Our bodies have been created to require sleep. Of course, we aspire to spend the last ten nights in prayers, so be sure to get enough sleep via naps in the day, so your body can get through 10 nights of standing in prayers.
These 10 days are a spiritual marathon, and you must be prepared and willing to make every minute count. Yes, that may mean sacrificing a chat with a friend at the mosque. But your sleep is more important and will allow you to have energy in the night for meaningful worship,
4. Boost your energy by walking during the day
Exercise is super important in Ramadan. It’s not the easiest thing to do, given the fasting routine and lower levels of energy but the exercise is good for your body and really boosts your energy levels.
Try to take a walk after the iftar or suhur meal or just make an exercise schedule with light workouts and do them at home. It will wake you up and make you energized to do some acts of worship later on as well.
You will feel much more awake, alert and energetic when it comes time for your serious late-night worship.
5. Remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing
If you feel yourself getting exhausted towards the end of Ramadan and you feel it’s getting a bit too much- remind yourself of the bigger purpose behind what you are doing. Remind yourself why you are fasting at all.
You are doing it for God and His pleasure. Remind yourself, that fasting is for our benefit- it nurtures our mind, body, and soul. It helps us introspect and connect with our Lord, through self-restraint and patience.
It also instills a sense of empathy in us, helping us understand the suffering and hardship people go through, who are not as fortunate as us.
Remind yourself of all this and it will give you the dedication and energy to power through those last ten days and make the most of them.