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Assessments during Ramadan: 4 Tips for keeping well

Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar will start on 23rd April 2020.

It is a month of self-discipline through fasting from dawn to dusk and offering late night prayers. It is also a month of sacrifice through charity giving and helping those less fortunate.

The decision to observe Ramadan is a personal one.  If you have any concerns that fasting will have a significant impact on your health or wellbeing you should seek advice from your local Imam. Ramadan brings new challenges for Muslim students under the current lockdown and with concerns for health for those impacted by Covid-19.  

The British Muslim Council offer helpful advice and alternatives ways to congregate and hold Itfar and the Faith Centre have some useful guidance on their webpages.

Here are some top tips to help you through this period.

  1. Plan your meals and nutritional needs

    It’s important to plan your meals and how you are going to meet your nutritional needs during Suhur (pre-dawn meal) and Iftaar (breaking of the fast meal). Getting the right balance of carbs, proteins, vegetables, fruits along with drinking plenty of water can have a significant impact on energy levels during the day. Stock up when you get the opportunity to shop. This will ensure you know you have the right food available at night when needed.

    Try bulk cooking and freezing meals to plan and save time. It’s important to eat healthy and get the right nutritional balance in your meals. You can share meals ideas through Muslim and Ramadan virtual and WhatsApp groups. Contact Muslim Chaplain, Rashid Musa, to join in and find out how students are supporting each other over this period.

  2. Study differently and plan ahead

    You will need to work out a routine that works for you that factors in enough study, preparation for assessments and rest time. Make a timetable that factors in rest periods during any assessment period you might have. You may have other responsibilities too so take those into account when planning.

    Lack of concentration, your mind wondering and feeling sleepy can occur during fasting. Revision cards, mind maps and other techniques can help condense essential information into bite size chunks that are easier to absorb. Try and do the bulk of studying before fasting starts, write up notes before you start feeling hungry. The skills for learning section has tips on revision techniques that could help you through.

    https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning

  3. Utilise your break and lunchtime

    Decide what you will do with this time when you take a break in your schedule. You could use this as a quiet time to rest. Alternatively be proactive and write down the challenges you are facing and work out a plan to tackle them.

  4. Take a break

It’s essential you plan in a few breaks during your day. Regular breaks increase productivity, reduces stress, gets you focused and refreshes you and is an essential element of your plan. Take the opportunity for your daily dose of gentle exercise, in a green space if you can walk to it from home.  The fresh air will help you if you feel energy levels dip.

We would like to wish all our Muslim staff and students a happy and blessed Ramadan (Ramadan Mubarak).

You may contact the Chaplains as they are here to help you and give advice and guidance.

For prayer times during Ramadan please see : 

https://www.salford.ac.uk/askus/our-services/diversity-and-faith/faith-and-religion/faith-resource-hub