Muslims all across the world are preparing for Ramadan 2021. UMR also wants to contribute with some suggestions. These suggestions will make Ramadan 2021 more productive.
Here are some of our pro tips to help you get ready for the most blessed month of the year:
1. Practice waking up early, by starting to get up early today
Ramadan’s hardest part is waking up early for Suhoor when you’re used to sleeping in. What’s worse than missing Suhoor, and having to survive on yesterday night’s dinner?
We suggest getting up earlier and earlier every day leading up to Ramadan. This way, your body will steadily adapt to waking up early so that by this Blessed month, you won’t miss Suhoor.
Pro Tip: Use the extra hours in the morning to pray, meditate, and get ready for the day ahead.
2. Clean up (Even if it’s just a small part of your space… it will make a difference!)
Ramadan is a time to clear your head and focus on what is truly important in this life. And how can you have a clear head when you’re surrounded by clutter?
You don’t have to clean your entire house. You can just clean a small space where you can pray, reflect, write – whatever calms and centers you.
Pro tip: We recommend cleaning a space that’s exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D improves your mood and can help you reach that Ramadan zen you’re trying to achieve.
3. Start limiting your time on social media
You hate to hear it, but it’s the truth. It’s easy to spend too much time on our phones, often letting more important things – like praying, for example – take the backseat.
If you start reducing your screen time now, it will be much easier to shut off your screen for an extended period of time during Ramadan. It will allow you to spend more time praying, meditating, reading the Qur’an, etc.
Pro tip: Try cutting back your screen time by 10-15 minutes each day leading up to Ramadan. This way, when the Holy month arrives, it won’t seem like such a big deal to shut off your phone for a few hours.
You’ve been hearing this since the day you started fasting for Ramadan, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Staying hydrated is crucial for so many reasons. Such as regulating body temperature, absorbing nutrients, and keeping your organs functioning properly.
You may not be used to drinking a lot of water right now. So we advise incorporating it into your diet in these days leading up to Ramadan. That way, you will remember to drink a lot of water during Suhoor and Iftar.
Pro tip: If you struggle to drink water, try eating certain fruits that are high in water content. Such as watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe.
5. Set goals, but don’t forget to take it easy!
The best way to stick to resolutions is to write them down so that you don’t forget about them. Put them on a sticky note and stick it to your mirror or write them in a journal and try to track your progress each day.
These goals and resolutions don’t have to be massive – in fact, we recommend that they’re not. Try something small, like reading the Qur’an more, spending more time with your family, or taking 10 minutes out of each day to meditate.
Ramadan is about reflecting on and being grateful for all that we have and all that we are. Be kind to yourself when you’re too exhausted to accomplish everything. Take it day by day! Take it day by day!
Pro tip: Don’t try to accomplish 12 different things in one day. Set realistic goals and remember to show yourself some kindness whether or not you complete them.
We wish you a blessed and happy Ramadan ahead!