By Natasha E. Feghali
Although it may seem like a time where life stands still for a moment; there are plenty of things to do during the Holy Month of Ramadan to keep you busy and creatively stimulated. With more hours during the day, Ramadan can be an excellent time to catch up on all your “tasks” and/or any pending duties that you may have around the home or in your personal life that needs a little tweaking.
Sometimes, we procrastinate as humans and leave everything to the last minute. Yet we know that some areas of our life are totally cluttered and need that tune up and then we may also have areas of our life that we want to personally develop. These areas may include our personal development, a new hobby, a research project a new exercise routine that is gentle and relaxing such as yoga, Tai Chi or maybe even a craft. Either way, Ramadan offers people a time to reflect, rest and develop one’s self.
This time of year is always good for new beginnings for changes in ourselves and our personal lives. Some people choose to change completely and develop a new life by changing up their routines.
With time, we can develop new habits and skills that take affect after 28 days, or so they say. Therefore, why not this time of year to make that change since it only takes 28 days to make a change. Perhaps a change may make you feel uneasy yet change always make us a bit uneasy! It is needed. Things do happen for a reason and yet we resist. During Ramadan, however, we have that extra time to make those changes and survive the unease that such change may bring.
Having a hobby is a new way to relieve any pending stresses, presents itself as a creative outlet for you and can be an excellent way to meet new people. A hobby can be a great way to invest in something new that is not hard to digest and can be done at quite a low cost. Perhaps coloring, yoga, light walks in the early morning, knitting? Either or, it can be a great stress reliever. A new hobby can bring so much joy to your life and if you are unhappy with it, the solution is easy! Just dump it and move on to something new.
Exercise is also a great lifestyle to take up and maintain. Ramadan provides an excellent time for you to develop a healthy a lifestyle (albeit avoiding the amazing dishes and meals… hmm) In fact, there are lots of ways lifestyle hobbies can be good for you. But if you don’t have a regular exercise routine or leisure activity that you enjoy, we know that it can be difficult to find one that you enjoy… So try them all!
Research and a read new book. This could be worth a try and even bring about some new knowledge for your intellectual property. It will be a great way to enrich those amazing conversations that you will have during Ramadan iftars and gatherings. Not only are you enriching your mind, you will also have something new and exciting to say as opposed to the same old conversation starters that revolve around the weather.
At the end of the day, think about all the things that you enjoy doing and expand on them. If you’re up for new things then it can be a great time to try them during Ramadan. It doesn’t hurt to expand our horizons and allow ourselves some time to explore new paths and questions or compliment the old ones.