And so we almost conclude the second week of Ramadan – a month of fasting for Muslims; a time when faith, perseverance and stomachs are put to the test, as we countdown to iftar every day.
Despite being an annual thing, it still remains challenging even for seasoned Muslims to ‘berpuasa’ for long hours, let alone devote to it for a month.
Some daily activities deemed as elementary and repetitive still tend to slip our minds every now and then, but it’s all good, we are humans after all.
Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts we think will help you on your spiritual journey this Ramadan.
#1 Set Alarm
If you’re a night owl whose day starts after 12pm, that habit is bound to be your bane for the rest of the month. At the very basic, it could mean missing out on a meal boosters necessary for the long day ahead. Along with piles on piles of work and stress, you may have to sit through uncomfortable hunger pangs. So it’s about time to reset your schedule and morph into an early bird instead – at least until Raya.
#2 Stay Hydrated
Make sure you drink plenty of water in between fasting periods. Water makes up a good percentage of our body and is constantly expelled from our system in the form of sweat, urine, and gas. It keeps cells oxygenated, helps skin retain moisture, enhances the digestive system and many other benefits. In fact, you can survive longer without food than water. So, drink up!
#3 Eat Sensibly
It would be useful to pay attention to your food intake, whether during sahur or iftar. Meals pumped with vitamins, proteins and fibres will keep you energized and full throughout the day. Avoid food high in sugar content as it triggers an appetite faster.
#4 Daily Routines
It has definitely been sometimes since the daily 3-meals-a-day routine – only a couple weeks to go.
But hey, aside from the Ramadan routines, otherwise, work, studies and the usual daily life remain the same.
On the brighter side of things, we can see it as a very early brunch. Ignore the temptations and go about your daily life – minus the meals, and Ramadan would be a breeze.
#5 Be Sincere
Always remember, whenever you ‘berpuasa’, do it sincerely. Therefore, before you start a new day, take a moment to reflect on its meaning and uphold it throughout this month. You’ll definitely look at things differently.
#1 Pull An All-Nighter
Pulling an all-nighter is common given your finals is tomorrow, but not during Ramadan. Not only is there a big chance of you sleeping on your morning alarm, but a series of yawns, grogginess and lethargy will likely follow throughout the day, hence why, getting adequate sleep is important to avoid going cray cray over stimulants to keep you awake.
#2 Leave The Office During Rush Hour
Unless you love queuing, we suggest leaving work before or after the evening rush hour. Why? Because it’s during this time the normal traffic jams go from frustrating to downright infuriating. This is because those fasting will be rushing home in time to break fast.
Should you get caught up with work and have no choice but to brave the jam, make sure you’ve packed some tidbits to break your fast in the car.
#3 Binge Eat
Although spending the whole night replenishing oneself would seem like the great idea, it’s certainly not the wisest. In fact, you’re most probably just eating for the sake of eating. Plus, at this rate, anything consumable would be ideal to shove down your throat.
Combating the hunger does not work that way. Let your body rest and naturally switch to a controlled eating pattern and you can stave off that hunger longer, in a healthier and less gluttony way!
A common Malaysian feat every Raya is to ‘balik kampung’, but instead of procrastinating and getting all anxious about transportation back and forth, how about whipping out your planner, marking those dates and book your bus tickets early so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
#5 ‘Batal Puasa’
Not limited to just food and water, this period of abstinence applies to any form of indulgence. It could be anything from marathons of your favourite Netflix series, spending on materialistic goods, to gossiping. Whatever it is, stay focused and follow the steps above. Breaking this rule would be contradictory to the very essence of Ramadan!
We hope this simple list sees you marching on to Raya with a big smile and pure heart. And if you haven’t secured your ‘balik kampung’ bus tickets yet, remember, they sell fast every year. So spare yourself a minute and book your bus tickets now at CatchThatBus!