Ramadan 2023 Date: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that the holy month of Ramadan would being on March 23, Thursday. The announcement was made after the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, was not sighted today. This means the last day of the month of Sha’ban would be March 22. As the Ramadan season approaches, International SOS has issued some guidance for employees observing the holy month.
During the month of Ramadan, observers abstain from meals and drinks. The fast begins with a light meal known as ‘Suhoor’ and is consumed at dawn before Imsak time. The observers break the fast at sunset with an evening meal of Iftar. The end of Ramadan will be marked with a celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
According to Dr Vikram Vora, Medical Director Indian Sub-continent at International SOS, the month of Ramadan is coming at the beginning of summer and can be a stressful time for the body. Dr Vora said that there are certain things that people who fast should keep in mind to maintain physical and mental well-being.
Ramadan Date 2023: Five tips for employees observing the fast this Ramadan are:
Do not skimp on rest and/or sleep
Ramadan is a time of increased prayer but one should aim to get at least eight hours of sleep daily. This can be accumulated over several periods of rest. Your body and mind need proper rest in order to concentrate at work and have more energy throughout the day.
Stagger your hydration
The best way to rehydrate fasting bodies is to pace your liquid intake by consuming at least two litres of water – one or two glasses at a time – between Iftar and Imsak. One must also cut down on caffeinated drinks at night and try to top up liquid intake with soups, fruits and vegetables rich in water, such as cucumbers and watermelon.
Eat healthy and nutritious meals
After a full day of fasting, one should opt for unprocessed food and should avoid satisfying cravings with soda and energy drinks which are high in sugar. Fruits and consuming complex carbohydrates such as rice, bread and wholegrains alongside vegetables will keep you fuller for longer. As for salt intake, it is worth keeping in mind that having moderately savoury foods with water can help you retain some hydration for longer.
Do more in the morning
It is always better to schedule, if possible, more difficult tasks requiring greater concentration or physical effort in the morning.
Don’t stop exercising
Despite the fact that you may feel more tired and, understandably, less active while fasting, it is not advisable to skip regular exercise for a full month, particularly as most of your food intake will be consumed at night. Moderate exercise is advisable and will also help you feel less sluggish.