With the holy month of Ramadan starting and exams falling just around its corner, it may seem like a challenging task but if everything is pre planned it may work better than your normal schedule and instead evolve into a lifestyle you adopt voluntarily! For those who do not know about Ramadan, it is a holy month for Muslims where they observe fasts for long durations and abstain from food and drinks during a certain period of the day and prioritize prayers overall.
Quite like how the past years’ Ramadan went by, this one too may fall during exam period for some but fear not- we have you covered with some tips you could abide by to spend your Ramadan in a more fruitful way while not compromising neither on your studies nor on your acts of worship; sounds like a win-win situation!
#1 Take regular (and short) breaks: A student should never push themself too hard, that is a recipe for disaster in the making as one would be drained after strenuous studies and take a break that would never really end. You are unlikely to be productive after studying for hours endlessly, empty stomach or otherwise too. Hence, it is important to try working for an hour or so and then take a 10-minute break.
#2 ‘Lunch’ breaks: If you’re attending lectures on-campus during Ramadan, make sure to use your lunch breaks wisely. For those who are fasting, you can take a prayer break or take nap, take a stretch, or make a to-do list during that break. A reminder to all the people not fasting to stay hydrated and eat well but in private, so that they are mindful to those observing their fasts.
#3 Planning your meals: After long durations of observing fasts, it gets tiring for an individual and they are even more tempted to munch on all the oily, fatty goodies and carbs, but little do they know that will make them even more lethargic and gives them less energy which is not ideal for studying. Instead, it is important to control our urge to binge on something unhealthy and stick to the recommended balanced diet. At the very least, one must incorporate fruits, leafy vegetables and avoid the overconsumption of fried and sugary foods. It is also extremely important to drink as much water during that time as possible, hydration is the key!
#4 Preplan your tasks: Preplan your studies, Ramadan-related activities, breaks and other chores beforehand. Perhaps one of the wisest tips would be to plan your breaks during prayer times to relax your mind as well while not compromising on neither your studies nor your faith. Go with what suits you best; be it studying in the mornings while fasting or after sun-down when you are permitted to eat and drink. It is all about flexibility and seeing which plan works best and gives you the most optimum results.
#5 Sleeping pattern: You probably stay up late and get up early, so your schedule gets messed up. For this reason, you should use the daylight hours to catch up on your sleep. It’s important to make sure you’re adequately rested, not just for your grades, but for your well-being as well. If you have an upcoming test, you may need to change your sleep pattern to ensure you are well rested and don’t risk sleeping late and missing it or you might be exhausted during the exam!
We would like to conclude by wishing you a prosperous Ramadan. Although giving an exam or managing studies while you are fasting can seem daunting, if you incorporate these tips into your lives, your time would pass as smoothly as ever and may even prove to be a lifestyle you’d prefer normally.