The Best Self-Care Tips in Ramadan
Ramadan is a time of communion with yourself, a time to reflect on the way you nourish your mind, body, and the environment around you. It can also be the perfect time to take better care of your mental health. Simply taking the time to understand your thoughts and yourself in general can play a key factor in staying and maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself.
Asking yourself the right questioning – such as, What moves me to as an individual closer to self-doubt ? To resentment, and feelings of ill will ?
There’s never a better opportunity to try to start a new chapter – to start afresh and end that toxic relationships with yourself, if you happen to have one! There’s several good reasons as to why now is the perfect time to leap out of difficult situations with grace and dignity — not just to honour our fast but also to care for our mental health along the journey. Being kind to those around you is important, but it’s even more important to start loving yourself first because ultimately, self care IS loving yourself first.
Fasting during Ramadan isn’t simply an obligation to be completed before mindlessly filling our stomachs with any kind of food to sustain our bodies for a month. Use this time to check in on yourself, this is a time of cleansing, discipline and control. It’s a way to how to nourish the body with what it needs, not what it wants at that moment. Find your better self and take better care of that version of you. Your future self will thank you.
Simple physical exercise and movement can be invigorating mentally. A brisk walk outdoors or some stretches on your yoga mat during the day are energising and can ward off the lassitude that comes with fasting. Get active – but closer to the time of breaking fast.
Here are some tips to enjoy a healthier diet during Ramadan
Ensure your meals contain foods from all the major food groups, including:
o Fruit and vegetables
o Bread, cereals and potatoes
o Meat, fish or alternatives
o Milk and dairy
o Foods containing fat and sugar
Try to limit the amount of sugary foods you eat and instead include healthier sources of carbohydrate in your diet, such as whole grains, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, legumes and lower-fat dairy products.
Foods high in fibre (fruit, vegetables, pulses and starchy foods) can help to keep your bowels healthy and add bulk to your meal, helping you to feel full.
Slow-digesting food like pitta bread, salad, cereal or toast provide a constant release of energy.
Before eating, drink plenty of water to help rehydration and reduce the chances of overindulgence. Try to avoid caffeine-based drinks such as tea, coffee and cola, and have some fluids with vitamins, such as fruit juice.
Avoid deep-fried foods (such as pakoras, samosas and fried dumplings), high-sugar and high-fat foods (such as sweets like gulab jamun, rasgulla and balushahi), and high-fat cooked foods (such as parathas, oily curries and greasy pastries).
Healthier alternatives include baked samosas and boiled dumplings, chapattis made without oil, baked or grilled meat, homemade pastry using just a single layer, and milk-based sweets and puddings like rasmalai and barfee.
Consider shallow frying, grilling or baking as alternative cooking methods to deep-frying.
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