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March 20, 2024

Fasting and Mental Health: Six Tips to Make the Most of the Month

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Having a stress-free mind and tranquil heart enhances the prospect of spiritual fulfillment during the month of Ramadan. With a little bit of planning and following some tips, you can Inshallah navigate this period with strength and ward off any anxiety.  Consider Ramadan an opportunity, so seize the moment, and delve deeper into worship, charity and self-renewal, while managing personal and professional responsibilities.


  1. Set Priorities: List goals for the month and prioritize activities that align with these goals. If you intend to finish the Quran during Ramadan, ensure you figure out how to do so, whether by dedicating a specific time every day or setting aside longer periods on weekends. Balance this objective with other commitments and responsibilities, ensuring you create a schedule that allows for both spiritual growth and practical obligations.


  1. Nourish Your Soul: Dedicate ample time for dhikr (remembrance of Allah), nafl salah (voluntary prayers), and Quranic reflection to enrich your spiritual reservoir. Attend religious gatherings or lectures, engage in acts of charity, and seek opportunities for self-reflection and self-improvement throughout the month.  Nourishing your soul can impact your mental well-being and enhance your ability to effectively manage your responsibilities.


  1. Prepare Meals in Advance: Managing meals during Ramadan can feel overwhelming. Ease this burden by prepping meals in advance and creating a weekly meal plan. By doing so, you can shop for groceries ahead of time, ensuring you have everything you need. Consider exploring interesting recipes from food bloggers and sourcing nourishing meal ideas early on. This proactive approach will provide ample time to plan and prepare both Iftar and suhoor meals for yourself and your family, while reducing stress.


  1. Cultivate Gratitude: Embrace a mindset of gratitude, recognizing the blessings inherent in Ramadan, even amidst its challenges. Consider writing a gratitude journal to capture and reflect on these blessings. As you count your blessings, remain mindful of those less fortunate, such as our brothers and sisters in Gaza, Yemen, and Syria, who endure hunger and homelessness. Let their struggles inspire compassion and deepen our appreciation for the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah (swt), including the gift of family, shelter, and sustenance.


  1. Embrace Mindfulness: Foster self-awareness and a deeper connection with your spiritual journey by practicing mindfulness. Engage in daily activities such as walking, or even a few minutes of yoga to center your mind and nurture your soul. By being present in the moment, you'll enhance your spiritual practices and maintain harmony between your body and soul.


  1. Seek Support: Reach out to trusted individuals or seek a professional to address any mental health concerns or stress management tips encountered. Naseeha’s mental health helpline offers support and advice for Muslims and is available seven days a week. You can also seek support through the Nisa Helpline.


By following these tips, you can Inshallah navigate Ramadan with purpose, maximizing the opportunities for spiritual elevation and personal enrichment. You can also read our Blog, Duas for Mental Health. Remember self-care is important. Be patient with yourself. Inshallah as the fasts progress, you will learn the fine balance required to get through this month.

May Allah (swt) accept our fasts and supplications during this holy month, Inshallah.

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Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).