Ramadan is upon us, once again. No matter how much time has passed since the first day, it's never too late to try and make the best of this month. Here are some ways to help you with your attempts.
1. Set goals for yourself
Take the time to evaluate what you want to accomplish this Ramadan. Aim to make this Ramadan an improvement of the on the one last year. Your goals may just end up making lasting changes to your entire year. It’s important to remember, however, not to set goals that are too daunting or too grand. It’s very likely that big goals will discourage you. Set yourself smaller, achievable tasks, or divide one difficult task into several parts.
2. Set a schedule depending on what time you work best
Chances are, you’re either a morning person or night person. Decide what time you work best, and take advantage of it. Plan your sleep schedule accordingly.
3. Don’t overeat
As tempting as it is, especially in the first few days, trying to refrain from eating anything more than you would normally eat. Eventually, your body will get used to the change and your appetite will get smaller.
4. Take naps
Naps are your best friend. They will energize you enough to get you through the rest of your day. Sleep is just as important as food or water.
5. Don’t work yourself too hard
Fasting does require a reassessment of your daily routine. It takes a toll on your body, so make sure you consider that when planning out your day.
6. Eat a proper suhoor
It’s hard to wake up at the crack of dawn. It’s even harder to eat right when you wake up. Just remember: breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether it be at 9 am or before sunrise. It’s what will sustain you in all your daily endeavors, so eat a good meal, not just a week old granola bar you found in the pantry.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others
Just because Adam is working two jobs, taking summer classes, and praying all twenty rakats of taraweeh, it doesn’t mean that he’s any better than you. Everyone accomplishes things at their own pace and it is important that you are proud of yourself for your achievements, no matter what the people around you are doing.
Ramadan is one of the best times of the year to volunteer. There are so many opportunities to better yourself in this month, whether it be through simple iftars at your local mosque or large events to aid the refugees. Make the best use of your time this Ramadan by helping as many people as you can.
9. Don’t count your calories
On the flip side of overeating, counting your calories isn't the best idea. If you want to stay healthy or lose weight, opt for exercise. You need as much nourishment as you can get, so depriving your body of the food it needs is actually detrimental in the long run.
10. Stay hydrated
Drink as much water as you can, wherever you can. Just because you can’t drink it during the day, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink it at all.