Top tips to tackle temptation.

Keeping your mind on daily tasks  from dawn to sunset when you’re hungry can be hard, to say the least. The suhūr or sehri feels so long ago, and there are still many hours left until iftar.  In this post, we look at some of the top tips to help you deal with the urges effectively, so you can still be productive and get through the day without too much daydreaming about your next meal.

1. Write a List of Tasks You Want to Get Done During the Day

Having a list of jobs that you want to get completed on hand is a great way to keep your mind from wandering.  They don’t have to be big jobs, in fact, the more you have on that list, the better.  Not only will this help you to stay focussed during Ramadan, but it also provides you with the perfect reason to be productive.   If you are struggling for ideas, then there will always be a family member or a friend whom you can offer to help, keeping true to the spirit of the period and giving something back to those who you are close with.

2. Pay a Visit to a Friend or Relative

Is there a friend or relative whom you haven’t seen for some time? Well, now you have the perfect reasons to go and spend some quality time with them.  Not only will this occupy you for a good amount of time, but it will also lift your spirits and theirs too. 

3. Clean Up

To achieve this one you don’t need money, transport or even people around you. Whether it’s just a room or your entire house, (and  don’t forget the car) – clean it from top to bottom. Get the family involved too to lend a helping hand.  Both will serve as a great distraction and help you all to stay focused on the reasons for why you are fasting. 

4. Remove All Snacks from your Immediate Reach

This one sounds really simple, right? Wrong. Not everyone thinks that far ahead to remove the snacks from their daily environment.  A packet of crisps left in your desk at work, or food left out in your house can really distract you during Ramadan. Of course, you know you won’t break your fast, but don’t make it harder for yourself by leaving food lying around your place of work or home.

5. Consider the less fortunate

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We all pay our Zakat but this month is the ideal time to really reflect on all that we have been blessed with and how we can help those less fortunate. Taking the time to learn more about those in need will not only put things in perspective but will also motivate and inspire you to think of other ways to help. Focussing on matters of the greater good, are guaranteed to remove the urge to focus on your own wants.

6. Read Something

It doesn’t matter what you choose to read, but the activity of reading is one which can completely transport you to another place and put you in a completely different state of mind.  It can relax you, it can excite you, but it will almost definitely help to distract you and help you to deal with your hunger during Ramadan.

7. Remember the background

Put some time aside to remind yourself of why you are doing this or generally enhance your knowledge about Ramadan.  There are lots of great sources of information discussing the benefits that are associated with fasting and can serve as both a distraction while you fast over Ramadan, as well as a motivational tool to keep you focused.

8. Pick Up the Phone

If it’s not possible to visit your friends and family in person, you can always pick up the phone(don’t whatsapp or any other app!) and just have a quality conversation with those who are dear to you.  Aside from being a soul-enriching way to pass the time, who knows, you can even help someone else who is in the same position as you and needs a welcome distraction themselves.

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9. Make plans
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10. There is Always Later, and There is Always Tomorrow

When the day feels endless and the challenge seems insurmountable try to remember that there is always later, and there is always tomorrow.  So whilst it might feel like you desperately need to feed a hunger or give in to a temptation now remind yourself that you could if you really needed to do it later, or tomorrow. In reality once the moment passes, you might find that when later comes or tomorrow, you no longer actually want it as much.  The key is mindfulness. Close your eyes, take a few long deep breaths and give yourself time to get things back into perspective. Remember your goals, your priorities…. and just relax. You’ve got this.