Step 1 : Get mentally prepared!
You know what they say, mind over body. Tell yourself on what to expect during the Ramadhan month. Plan your schedules ahead. Get yourself prepared. Your body adjusts better when your mind is ready for it.
Step 2 : Improving yourself
A barrier that would prevent you from performing the fast is actually the enemy within . Yourself . Many temptations and urges can play a part on why we sin out of the month of Ramadhan . Hence it maybe appropriate if that negative habit can be canned for the Holy Month .
Just like fasting before Ramadhan , this practices the mind as well as the body to train itself for the occasion . By acclimatizing for the occasion
Step 3 : Regulating the body clock
Specifically sleeping . The fact that Sahur takes place in the wee hours of the morning means that sleep will almost become a formality . Especially during a time which is spent largely for cooking for Sahur ; either for yourself or for a family .
To make up for that lost sleep , it's better to get some quality sleep before then . Around the hours before midnight would do . Any more than midnight and the body clock will start to get rhythm towards that particular hour . Thus , feeling sleepier once waking up .
A few hours before waking up for Sahur and then a couple of winks afterwards can help give energy for the day of fasting . The body clock will get used to it and sure enough the feeling of sleepiness should be reduced during the Holy Month .
Step 4 : Reflecting upon the Quran
Aishah رضي الله عنه related that the Prophet said: “Indeed the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Muslim)
Reflecting on portions of the Quran can help in getting to Allah and understand the type of responsibilities that are given to an individual . Translated text can give enlightenment for Holy Month .
Step 5. Eating moderately
A few weeks before Ramadhan, practice eating moderately. Your body will slowly adjust to the amount of food consumed during meal times. This should further be practiced during Ramadhan, avoiding overeating during Sahoor and during the breaking of fast.
As the old saying goes : "Everything comes in moderation" . And this is exactly the sort of saying that applies to this situation .
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