A time for spiritual retrospection; the holy month of Ramadan is upon us once again. A month of quiet reflection and prayer for all Muslims, Ramadan is one of the sacred pillars of Islam. It entails fasting from sunrise to sunset, and for the working demographic of the Muslim populace, it might prove to be challenging.
So here are the do’s and don’ts of acing at work this Ramadan:
Hydrate – This Ramadan
Drink enough water throughout the night and during Suhoor. Severe dehydration can lead to instances of a dizzy spell or even fainting at work. Hydrating yourself beforehand will enable you to fend off thirst and fatigue, helping you focus on your tasks and improving your overall health and performance during the month.
Speak Less Work More
While interaction is the key to a smooth functioning enterprise, it can be fairly taxing during Ramadan. Speaking too much can result in a dry and sore throat, which in turn will have you instinctively reaching for a glass of water. To prevent this, try to communicate only when required. Additionally, speak slowly and softly to avoid straining your chords.
Take a Break
Working during Ramadan can be draining. Re-energize yourself throughout the working day by taking a 5-minute break every hour or so. Gently press the heels of your palm against your eyes while breathing evenly in order to regulate your energy. Avoid prolonging your break though, since a longer rest can pave way for drowsiness.
Go Big and Then Go Home
It is important to prioritize and section your work during Ramadan. Since your strength and focus might deplete throughout the day, do the important work that requires more energy in the morning and save the easier tasks for later during the day. Also, in order to avoid overexertion, request your employer to schedule physically taxing tasks for you after Ramadan.
Sweet Not Sour
Lastly, fasting for about 14 hours of the day in such a hot climate can leave you exhausted and irritable. While it is understandable, it is important to remember that Ramadan teaches self-control and patience by practicing abstinence. Try facing work situations and interactions that fray your nerves, with a calm disposition.