Mindful Ramadan: Being More Productive
During Ramadan, the only thing you can focus on is yourself, in your surroundings, or in any activity. This period of the year when the sun begins its rise is a time of spirituality and worship. This period is also a time when you should use your strengths to make the most of the limited time you have for spiritual exercise. There are a few methods that can help you with Mindful Ramadan:
Create a timetable for yourself. If you feel the pressure and stress of trying to stick to a strict diet while fasting on a religious holiday, then create a schedule. The longer you plan, the less chance you will feel overwhelmed. When creating your plan, focus on the big picture and not the tiny little details.
Clear your mind of non-spiritual things. A common complaint during this time is feeling mentally exhausted and wanting to do things at random hours. While it’s fine to leave the television or computer on, distractions won’t let you experience a quality mind workout. So before you leave your home, go straight to your task and finish it the very next day.
Plan where you will be on days when you won’t be fasting. If you have a hectic schedule, don’t expect to find a lot of time to focus on your spiritual exercise. Instead of driving to the local mall or coffee shop, try making your way to a nearby park or water fountain. You’ll not only find a change of scenery is refreshing, but will also help you to break your day down into manageable chunks.
Know what you’re eating for the entire month. In order to see maximum results from your fasting, it is imperative that you stay away from salty and fatty foods. Instead, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other healthy foods. This way, you keep yourself focused on eating only what is beneficial to your body.
Take advantage of a relaxing evening each day. For those who have errands to complete or phone calls to make, finding some time to sit back and relax is beneficial to your fast. Imagine yourself in a peaceful, beautiful landscape – would you want to spend all that time there? Of course, you wouldn’t!
Learn to focus. This is perhaps one of the hardest aspects of fast. It requires that you really focus on the task at hand. Try breathing deeply and mentally taking note of each breath as you take it. Think about nothing else but your next breath. This technique is effective because it helps to keep your mind actively engaged with the task at hand.
Take time to read. The best way to deal with a stressful day is to get out and do something fun. Pick up a good book or go for a walk. A nice relaxing book can help you calm down after a fast filled with stress. By doing this you are giving your mind something to look forward to each day.
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