Top Tips for Ramadan


Zara Khan


Hi, my name is Zara Khan, I’m 23 and I’m a Level 4 Project Management Apprentice at Walsall Council. These are my 3 Top Tips for apprentices who are fasting whilst studying and working.


 

There are numerous studies that evidence you need around 8 hours of good quality sleep a night to allow your body to recharge and to feel ready to tackle the day ahead. This becomes even more important in Ramadan. I don’t know about you, but it’s not the lack of food and water that gets to me in Ramadan, it’s my ridiculous (lack of) sleep schedule. Between Taraweeh (special night prayer), Sehri (pre-dawn meal) and Fajr (pre-dawn prayer), there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time for sleep, but in order for you to function properly at work and be as present as possible; try to go to sleep straight after Taraweeh and Fajr. 



During Ramadan, you cannot drink water for around 16-18 hours a day, depending on the Iftar and Sehri times where you live. We all know that water is amazingly good for us and we need to drink more of it, so take the opportunity to drink it when you can between Iftar and Sehri. Open your fast with water and dates (the fruit; not the meeting someone over dinner who you may become romantically involved in), have a glass or bottle of water next to you whilst reading Taraweeh and Qur’aan and try and drink 2 glasses of water at Sehri as well. If you are a coffee or tea addict, I strongly advise you to wean yourself off it before Ramadan as caffeine will dehydrate you, which is the last thing you need when you can’t drink water for 16 hours. I see you, put the mug down and step away from the coffee!



Please don’t actually eat any frogs. I’m not sure frogs are halal (permissible in Islam) to be honest. This quote is essentially trying to tell you to tackle your most difficult task, the task you’ve been putting off (hello procrastination, my old friend) the task that require high levels of concentration in the morning, when you’re energy levels are at their highest and leave easier tasks that require little concentration to the afternoon. If you’ve got a meeting, where you need to be present, physically and mentally for 2 hours, ask the organiser if they can hold it in the morning, so you can ensure you’re adding value and paying attention. If you’re studying or you’ve got a deadline or an exam, again, try and block out some time to do this in the morning.


I hope you find these tips useful in making the most of the holy month of Ramadan whilst also looking after yourself and ensuring you’re completing your work to the best of your abilities. I should probably take my own advice, shouldn’t I?


Ramadan Mubarak!


Zara