Ramadan is just right around the corner, in fact, it’s just one day away and we all need to make some major changes in our routines to enjoy the blissful essence of Ramadan in between office hassle. Although Fasting is usually the primary association with Ramadan, the month involves a lot more exertion than refraining from food and water. Eating your first meal at sunset, extra prayers, late nights and a heightened emphasis on patience and virtue are all part of experiencing the holy month.
Here are our few tips to stay spiritual and sane in Ramadan on your workdays.
Role of HR support in observing Ramadan duties
HR practitioners, line managers, and other stakeholders need to be aware of the personal and religious sensitivities of their staff.
HR and higher management should Understand their employee’s experience and accommodate their particular needs, that ensures people perform to the best of their abilities. Implementing policies that accommodate can only lead to nurturing mutual trust and ultimately lead to higher staff retention, better morale, more effective teams, and greater productivity.
Sleep on time
Make sure that you sleep right on time after offering your Taraweeh because these days suhoor time will be most probably around 3:30 -4:00 pmafter Fajar prayer you might get few hours to sleep again but that depends on your office timings so in order to have good sleep you must have to sleep on time otherwise you’d be yawning and lazy all and that would not be helpful at all.
Eat less but healthy
What you eat has a very powerful impact on your energy levels and whilst we need the right proportion of carbs, protein, fruits, and vegetables, we do need to make sure that we do not overload on carbs.
Fasting doesn’t necessarily have to be starving yourself. You don’t have to eat so much in iftaar and suhoor because that would make you so much lazy and sleepy.
Try to eat healthy, like have some yogurt and dates in suhoor because that will help you in not getting thirsty any sooner and dates give you the right amount of energy to save you from hunger fits. In iftaar try to avoid more oily things and focus on your vitamins and proteins. Drinks lots of water between iftaar and suhoor to keep your hydration level up. Eating less and healthy would help you all day during your working hours by providing you energy and keeping you from laziness.
Patience is the key
Fasting basically teaches you the patience, literally patience with everything. List down what are the probable challenges you might face while working and plan ways to combat them efficiently. Do not engage yourself in gossip even if someone tries to pull you in just tell them gently that you’re fasting. Try not to say anything harmful to others. Have a little patience in responding to every negative thing.
Use your time in lunch breaks
Be conscious about what you are going to do in your lunch break, but make sure you take it. You have a number of options: you can go out for a walk and get some fresh air, spend extra time on your prayer, read or memorize Qur’an, meditate or take a nap. These are just some ideas and surely there are many others. Pick one and do it for a week (or even 10 days at a time) and then change so that you don’t get bored. Often what happens is we set our minds on doing something, we don’t change it and then get bored. Have a lunch break buddy wherein you can share verses that you came across, or recite to each other perhaps.
Use your time wisely when you get back home from work
In Ramadan most of the office have off timings around 5. So take a little nap on your way back home(if you’re not driving of course). Try to be a helping hand in house chores or in preparing iftaar dinner. Don’t forget to go on a walk after dinner (if you don’t want to put on all those extra pounds). Make sure you don’t sleep without offering your Taraweeh/Isha prayer.
Have a blessed Ramadan !