The holy month of Ramadan holds the utmost significance for millions of Muslims around the world who indulge themselves in praying, fasting and feasting. The vibe is completely different, especially in the Gulf countries. While the evenings come alive with the breaking of the fast; daytime fasting saps a lot of energy.
As a result, Ramadan has a tremendous impact on the productivity of Muslim employees. During the long fasting hours, one cannot eat or even drink water. Given the fact that Ramadan comes during the summer time makes it even harder. The common challenges faced by employees are hunger and fatigue and can impact productivity at work. However, with some advance preparations and determination, you can make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan spiritually as well as professionally.
To have a great productive day at work during Ramadan, ensure to start each day on the right note.
Outlined below are few tips to utilize the non-fasting hours in a way that your energy levels don’t dip during the fasting hours:
1. Plan your meals and eat consciously:
The kind of food you eat has a direct and powerful impact on your energy levels. Since you know you have to go without eating and drinking for long hours, include those food items in your morning meal that will help you maintain your energy levels throughout the day. A human body needs the right proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits. However, be careful that you don’t overload on carbs as the body has to work harder to digest them that may leave you feeling more tired and lethargic. Also, avoid overloading on sugary, salty and packaged food products as such items are unhealthy. Instead, stock up your kitchen with as many healthy options as possible such as fruits, oatmeal or items which are loaded with protein, iron, calcium and antioxidants.
Most importantly, ensure winding up everything on time to avoid rushing through ‘Suhoor’ and ‘Iftar’. Eat slowly and chew every bite of your meal properly. Don’t break your fast with something heavy. Start with water, fresh juice, and salad. Avoid eating, right before going to bed at night as it takes longer for the body to digest the food which may leave you feeling fuller the next morning and cause you to cut down on the morning meal.
2. Get abundant sleep:
Bedtime and wakeup time change significantly during the month of Ramadan. The first week is the toughest so ensure that you plan out an optimal sleeping schedule for yourself. Go to sleep early so that you can wake up feeling refreshed. Try to stick to your sleep schedule during the initial few days of Ramadan so that your body gets accustomed to it and you will be able to follow it throughout the month.
3. Stay hydrated:
We all love waking up to the smell of coffee in the morning. However, try reducing your coffee intake before the Ramadan starts as it will help you battle caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, irritability, sleepiness and lack of concentration. Also, caffeine increases the possibility of dehydration. Consume as much water as possible during the non-fasting hours as it will help you feel more relaxed during the work day.
4. Breath and exercise right:
Long hours of fasting should not be an excuse to skip your daily exercise schedule. However, it is advisable to reduce your workout time and opt for lighter exercises such as brisk walking depending on your stamina to avoid burnouts. It has been scientifically proven that exercising in the morning helps you think and work better throughout the day making you productive at work. Therefore, continue with this healthy habit even during Ramadan.
Also, due to long hours of fasting, the body releases toxins. Many people complain of feeling lightheadedness and lack of food intake also causes acidity. All these problems can be tackled by doing breathing exercises regularly. Breathing exercises help restore the desired levels of oxygen in your brain and body. It also helps in removing toxins from the body and you feel less tired and hungry.
While the tips shared above will help you manage your energy levels and combat fatigue during the fasting hours, it is essential to do some preparations in advance to plan and manage the time you will be spending in the office.
Here are some tips you can follow to make sure you have a productive Ramadan at work:
5. Discuss with your boss / colleagues in advance:
This is especially important for employees working in MNCs where the workforce is diverse. Although according to the law, all employees are entitled to work for reduced hours, but it is necessary to plan out the work according to shorter work days with your boss and other non-fasting colleagues in advance. Discuss the priority of each task and activity planned for the month to work with clarity. This way you will be able to manage work better and maintain your productivity throughout the month.
6. Plan your work day in advance:
Make a ‘to-do’ list to plan your day at work smartly. As the day progresses, you might start feeling tired and less focused. Therefore, take up high priority tasks or tasks that take more energy first and complete them during the initial few hours of your work day. Try and schedule all important meetings in advance so that you are prepared for the day ahead. State your reasons for keeping the meetings early to your colleagues clearly so that they too have enough time to plan their schedule accordingly.
Hope these tips will help you make this year’s Ramadan a truly refreshing and rewarding experience. All the best and Ramadan Kareem to you and your family from Naukrigulf.com.