This Ramadan, enhance your spiritual journey

This Ramadan, enhance your spiritual journey

Ramadan is a time of enlightenment, but with the responsibilities and distractions of the modern world, it can be challenging to dedicate oneself to a peaceful routine. Here are few ways to make your monthly observation a memorable one:


Farhana Chowdhury

Published: Tue 30 Apr 2019, 12:11 PM

Reconnect: How many of us have put off mingling with family members and relatives? Too many. If you feel that you fall under this category for whatever reason, it is time to stop and reconnect. There is no time like the present to call up a loved one or meet them to ask how they are. Our working days during Ramadan are shorter, which gives us more time to catch up on things that truly matter, like family. 
Be a role model: You hold the power of influence more than you're aware. Gather the young ones and help the family set the table for Suhoor or Iftar. Dedicate an hour or two engaging in conversation. Be respectful, regardless of age. A simple topic such as hopes, dreams and aspirations can make a difference in someone's life. If you are able to, contribute a word of advice to help them turn those dreams into reality. 
Practice patience: When fasting, it is normal to feel anxious and eager to pack up and get home as fast as possible. Whether you drive or commute to work, stay alert. Observe your surroundings and travel with care. A careless pedestrian or a speeding motorist equally pose great danger to themselves and the people around them. Be on your guard and take your time. It's better to be few minutes late for Iftar than be involved in an accident on the road.
Eat healthy: Food is central to Ramadan, as the dining table is packed with treats during Iftar and Suhoor. The thought of hunger often drives us to eat more than necessary, leading us to tuck into unhealthy, fatty delights. To avoid feeling bloated and combat long-term complications of health issues, switch to healthier meal options. Add fresh fruits and vegetables, ensure a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Eliminate sweets, fizzy drinks and fried snacks in general. 
Focus on mental well-being: As you observe Ramadan, take a moment to relax and rejuvenate. We are often busy running about that we forget to take care of ourselves. Give yourself a break; take deep breaths, clear your mind and think positive. Engage in calming activities that make you feel happy - be it reading, performing prayers or simply preparing.
A positive mind is key to living a fulfilling life. So, set a goal and use this time to work towards it.
Adopt a simple fitness routine: Just because you're in fasting mode, does not mean you can't focus on fitness. In fact, fasting has a number of benefits that are enhanced through exercise. To shed those pounds, adopt light exercises into your routine. If you tend to get thirsty easily, simply schedule your workout routine closer to Iftar time. If exercising during Suhoor, ensure you stretch well and drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated drinks and juices. 
Declutter home: With time to spare, the holy month is a good time to sort out the unwanted things in your life and trade them in for a clean, spacious home. You can keep few things that are of sentimental value, but leave out the rest. As you reflect on becoming a better version of yourself, simplify your surroundings. If you're able to, try to incorporate minimalistic items into your household - for instance, multi-purpose kitchenware or modular furniture. 
Volunteer/donate: No matter how small a gesture, each of us has the power to instil hope and positivity. The act of giving is a year-long initiative. Look out for initiatives and projects that require volunteers and take part in them. You can do your part for the environment by reducing waste, join clean-up drives, help prepare packages for the underprivileged, donate pre-loved items to the needy, set up or contribute to a community food fridge, etc. The list is endless. 

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