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    5 Tips For Surviving Ramadan

    Ramadan is fast approaching and Muslims around the world are preparing for the start of the holy month. With Ramadan comes up to 30 days of abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sun fall which can be quite a challenge if you're juggling work, studies or other commitments. So, here are a few handy tips for how to survive this Ramadan.

    1. Nutrition

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    Once you've broken your fast you're going to want to chose wisely what you're going to eat. There's a reason why it's tradition to break your fast with dates, those wrinkled little fruits are rich in fibre, potassium, iron and magnesium. Try to keep things balanced by getting enough fuel for the next fast but make sure you're not overcompensate for a day of fasting by overeating as that'll probably leave you tired and bloated. Plus, eating the wrong things can leave you feeling lethargic and drained so go for whole grain foods like oats or brown rice and try to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.

    2. Schedule

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    If you've got exams or assignments to worry about during Ramadan it's important to come up with a schedule that works effortlessly around your deadlines and commitments. Whether you're going to stick to an hour by hour schedule or you just want to have a lose idea of what you want to do when, the key to getting things done is in planning. Otherwise, with all the little things that pop up like last minute shopping for decorations or Eid outfits, you might find yourself pressed for time. You might find it easier to get the bulk of your revision or essay writing done earlier in the day before you've used up all your energy. If you'll be up all night praying Taraweeh perhaps you could squeeze in a quick 45 minute refresher between Maghrib and Isha once you've broken your fast and refuelled.

    3. Hydration

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    Fasting during the summer can be pretty thirsty business. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and it's important to make sure you're getting enough of it during Ramadan, especially when you're going to be dealing with high temperatures and long days. If you don't drink at least 1.5 litres each day you'll probably end up dehydrated, unable to concentrate and find it incredibly difficult to keep your fast. You'll probably also want to avoid dehydrating foods like crisps which are high in salt and can leave you parched.

    4. Sleep

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    With dinner parties and night prayers to attend some of us turn nocturnal during the holy month, but try not to let Ramadan disturb your regular sleeping pattern by not falling into the trap of staying up all night. One simple way to do that might be to avoiding tea and coffee unless it's for a little kick of energy immediately after you break your fast. The occasional nap could help you get through the day, but keeps naps light and under an hour so you can avoid waking up groggier than you did before drifting off.

    5. Rest

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    Now this differs a fair bit from sleep. Fasting on top of all the demands that come with day to day life can get stressful. One of the worst things you could do is exert yourself, as it could take a serious toll on both your physical health and moral. Pacing yourself is the key to getting yourself through the entire month. Try to take time out in your day to kick back and clear your mind, resting both the body and soul. Ramadan is a great time for reflection because it's all about gratitude and cleansing the soul.

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