STAY PRODUCTIVE While Fasting

So you have prepare yourself with fortified Sahur meal, but now comes the real challenge of self-discipline. Two of the most common challenges to deal with during Ramadhan are hunger and fatigue.

So you have prepare yourself with fortified Sahur meal, but now comes the real challenge of self-discipline. Two of the most common challenges to deal with during Ramadhan are hunger and fatigue.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a productive fasting month:

Pre-Plan A Busy Day
Keeping your mind occupied is known to be one of the most effective methods to tackle hunger. By planning a packed day ahead and focusing on mental or physical activities, you are bound to distract yourself and divert your thoughts from temptations or weariness.

Have Adequate Sleep
By getting quality hours of sleep, the body retains energy for a longer period of time. Both too little and too many hours of sleep can cause the body to experience fatigue, thus planning a proper shut-eye at the correct time will allow you to wake up rejuvenated. Taking a short power nap whenever possible is also recommended to stay energized and engaged until the end of your fast.

Do Breathing Exercises

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Having a quality and steady level of oxygen in your system highly affects your mood and energy. Thus improving your breathing by taking longer and deeper breaths will significantly help tackle the issues that arise from long hours of fasting such as tiredness, acidity, irritability, loss of focus and more.

Drink Enough Water

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During the fasting season, it is vital to drink a lot of water at Sahur (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (breaking fast at sunset) to keep the body hydrated through out the day and night. By having enough liquid retained in the system, the mind and body is more susceptible to tackle hunger, thirst and lethargy.

Do Some Light Exercise
Light exercises such as brisk walking and short aerobics promotes deeper breathing and gives you a boost of energy instead of wearing you down. Attempt to squeeze in for light exercises during the day to maintain energy levels for a longer period.

Take the Right Scent
Remarkably, sniffing certain scents can effectively curb your appetite. These scents include mint leaves, citrus fruits, lavender, essential oils and more. Keep your most effective scent handy every time you feel a hunger pang arising.

Keep Yourself Warm
It has been scientifically proven that the appetite decreases with heat mainly because the body is working hard to keep cool, thus it suppresses the hunger in an attempt to lessen its workload. It is recommended to keep your body feeling warm in order to control the appetite but be wary of excessive perspiration.

Avoid Looking at the Time
When experiencing a long period of fast from sunrise till sunset, it gets tempting to countdown the hours. However, constantly looking at the time will only demotivate you mentally and physically, especially when it is one of those slow days. Let the hours pass naturally and you will find yourself more at ease.


Written by Divya Pridhnani June 20, 2016.

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