It is going to be quite an exceptional Ramadan this year. The month that is known for fasting, reflection and connection will have a different feel altogether due to strict social distancing practices. Yet, the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan this April/May brings a much-needed opportunity for spiritual reflection and self-improvement. More than ever, this is an opportunity to practice sacrifice, generosity, and discipline while also expressing gratitude for what we have, for the ones we love and for the hope of what’s yet to come. It is through challenging circumstances that growth emerges. Our positive outlook influences our ability to accomplish our intentions.
Here at the Gaggler, we invite you to reconnect with your heart and soul through these detoxifying and purifying home rituals to help you boost your body, spirit and mind connection this Ramadan. So let’s make the most out of the cleansing effects of Ramadan with these tips:
1. THE FASTING
Adjust your sleeping habits and timings during the day so you won’t end up skipping any meals before your fast. It’s very tempting to sleep in but this practice can have consequences on your body’s overall wellbeing as the fasting month progresses.
Choose your meals wisely, consume wholesome and nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats that will sustain you through the day and keep your energy levels up. Don’t forget to pay attention to the cooking methods used and always go for baked, grilled, steamed or boiled dishes.
Enjoy your meals calmly at a slow pace to ease the digestion process. Be mindful on portion control and keeping meals from becoming a feast. Overeating can lead to unnecessary weight gain and irregular levels of glucose in the body which can create health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Drink plenty of water and non-sugary drinks to stay well hydrated. Avoid caffeine to keep you from facing energy imbalances. A great way to increase your water intake is by drinking flavored water. There are so many options and recipes to add variety to your drinks while refueling your body with precious nutrients.
A HEALTHY MEAL DURING RAMADAN LOOKS LIKE THIS…
SPRUCE UP YOUR WATER ROUTINE WITH EXCITING RECIPES…
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Hi friends! To keep you all on your toes, and of course make the time we are spending inside a little more delicious, every other Friday we will be posting “NACE Noms” from our Chapter Members. These will include delicious drink and food recipes from each one of you! So, if you have a recipe you’d like to share, email us at [email protected]⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This H2OH! Recipe is from our friends at @wpcatering – which water will you be trying next? I think we’ll go for the Metabolism Kickstarter since our junk food intake has gone up ⠀ #nacehtxqtip #naceqtip #wpcathome #nacenoms
Keep up with your fitness routine to improve your overall health, helps your body to get rid of toxins, improves mental clarity and reenergizes you throughout the day.
Avoid working out on an empty stomach. Schedule your workouts at least two hours after meals to not interfere with the digestion process.
Avoid any strenuous activities or heavy weightlifting. Stick to low impact and low intensity cardio. Disciplines such as Yoga and Pilates keep your flexibility and muscle strength and are best performed during fasting hours. Aim to practice these gentler routines for no longer than 30 to 40 minutes a day.
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3. MENTAL CLARITY
Meditate to help calm down hyperactive minds and filter unnecessary and distracting thoughts that usually keep us from living our best physical and spiritual life, enhancing your ability to focus on the things that really matter.
OUR FAVOURITE MEDITATION RESOURCES
Set a mantra or higher intention to enroll in a path of new beginnings and to detox your consciousness. Make sure to write this purpose down somewhere visible to constantly remind you of your goal and visualize yourself living that reality.
Ditch the electronics for a good 30 minutes a day, especially before bedtime to detach from any distractions. Let go on everything that doesn’t serve you.
Reset your thoughts and begin your day with positive affirmations. Keep a journal to write down any struggles or difficult feelings that may weigh on you will help flush out all negative emotions. Read books that can guide you on how to reset your thoughts towards this end.
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4. LIFT YOUR SPIRIT
A time for spiritual recollection, Ramadan reminds worshippers of the importance of nourishing your soul and fortifying your relationship with God, loved ones and community members. Ramadan is a time to become introspective and to find within the pillars of religion the willpower to fulfil its practice.
Practicing gratitude and appreciation are wonderful injections of joy and peace for the spirit. Pay close attention in strengthening bonds with family and loved ones by being present and conscious. If solo isolation is your current situation, join online prayer groups for collective support in order to bring the traditions back into your daily routine.
Find comfort in helping others. Generosity is a quality that is not only beneficial for whom receives it, but also incredibly rewarding for those who are willing to put others needs before their own. A great cause that you can support this Ramadan is The “10 Million Meals” campaign. This is an initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Government of Dubai to provide meals or food parcels to all individuals and families in need during Ramadan.
Today, we launched a humanitarian campaign to provide 10 million meals or food parcels to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the UAE. Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum is the best person to lead this campaign during the Holy Month of Ramadan. pic.twitter.com/hkRQv4btV1— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) April 19, 2020
5. BODY TREATMENTS
There is no better place than home for calm and peaceful relaxation. Well actually there is – home with a spa in it!
Dedicating time to your selfcare routine helps you to improve your mood and boost your energy levels. There are so many different face masks and body treatments you can do in the comfort of your home to help your skin renew and keep it impurity free.
- Watch our video on how to create a detoxifying and purifying Matcha body scrub.
- For more at-home beauty tutorials tune into The Gagglers DIY Beauty IG series every Wednesday.
Another great way to set a relaxing and optimistic ambiance is through aromatherapy. With proven natural healing powers, these pure extracts and essential oils releases tension in our bodies and awaken our senses.
These essentials oils, relaxing sprays and diffusers can be sourced from the Dubai-based businesses provided below and delivered to your home within a few days.