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The Holy Month of Ramadan is that special time in the year when Muslim families all over the world gather to reflect on the blessings in their lives, fasting from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. With the vaccinations bringing in a glimmer of hope in 2021, after a rather unforgettable 2020, Ramadan this year promises to be a bit different.
Yet with much of the world still yet to fully recover from the hit COVID-19 has wrought, social distancing in place & cases rising, there are many practices we can put in place this year as well to have a safe, healthy & a blessed Ramadan.
More Safe Family Bonding Time
Ensure that your family time with your loved ones within your home during the Holy Month of Ramadan, is filled with love, joy & a lot of bonding during Suhur & Iftar. Instead of visiting friends, stay safe at home, reflect on your blessings, assist in preparing the meals & the home for your special time together.
Making Suhur & Iftar Mealtimes Nutritious
Keeping a check on the quality of meals we provide to our bodies during Ramadan is vital. It is necessary that the meals we prepare keep us safe, boost our immunity & support our overall health.
During Iftari having a balanced meal with a lot of water (try & hit a target of at least 2 litres of water before bed) is a must. This will keep both you & your skin hydrated until the Suhur meal next morning. Ensure that your Suhur meal includes more of whole fruits such as dates, berries, oranges, apples, superfoods such as quinoa, grains such as barley & brown rice – foods which do not cause your blood sugar to fluctuate & cause cravings. Sanitize your hands & always wash fruits, veggies & grains thoroughly before cooking.
Salt, coffee & processed sugary foods are to be skipped, as they dehydrate you. Use less oil for curries & include more veggies such as onions & tomatoes for the base, opt for fruit salads & yogurts rather than ice-cream, donuts, cakes & sweetmeat, ditch the samosas & fries for home-baked snacks.
Most importantly – do not skip Suhur meals to catch up on sleep, you will need all the energy from this meal to keep you functioning well all through the day.
Staying Fit & Active
Fasting in Ramadan does not mean that you must skip out on exercising altogether. There are several ways you can stay fit & healthy in Ramadan – such as opting for a brisk walk, which can be done even at home. Remember that your energy levels will not be the same in Ramadan as in other months so skipping the high-intensity exercises such as weightlifting or sprinting is advisable.
Take Breaks & Pray
Try to fit in adequate breaks during your working day whether you are working from home or at the office. Schedule your toughest tasks in the mornings such as meetings, Zoom calls or training sessions, when you will have most energy & the greatest focus, rather than lunch time.
Take a walk, pray often & nap (if you are working from home). If you feel bored, open the windows/ curtains, sit in the veranda, or simply make a call to your loved ones back home to improve your mental health. Fitting in 8 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period ensures that your body is well rested & ready for whatever the day brings.
Keeping Prayer Time Holy
With restrictions in place at mosques for Taraweeh prayers, it is best to say your Taraweeh prayers at home amid family, which will be an amazingly unforgettable experience for everyone present. Let your little ones get involved in prayer too, encourage them to set up their own prayer rug, have discussions about Islam & read more of the Quran together & the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), as a family.
With COVID-19 not yet seeing the dusk of the day, it is imperative that we exercise caution. We can practice safe social distancing, sanitize our hands once we return from our offices or shopping, avoid sharing rugs, use masks & gloves, opt for cashless payment methods, amongst other practices to stay safe.
Should you experience any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone you know who has contracted the virus, get in touch with your healthcare practioner or call 044400500 to book your appointment with a doctor.
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