Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ramadhan dip

What's the Ramadan dip?

This is the low levels of energy you feel during the 12th - 18th nights of Ramadan, where you start losing the excitement and momentum that you had at the beginning of Ramadan and you feel so tired and lazy to keep up with night prayer, quran recitation and even fasting.

The good news: this dip is temporary (hopefully!) and most people recover before the last 10 nights where they gear up for the extra energy and effort needed in those last 10 nights. 

The bad news: If you're not careful with this energy dip during the next few days, you may not recover completely and find yourself chronically tired and lazy till the end of the month.

So, here are few tips to help you overcome the mid-Ramadan dip:
  1. Mind over matter: use the power of your mind to push yourself and go for that extra bit of energy you have within you even when you don't feel like it. Push yourself to read one more page of Quran when you feel that you can't and then push yourself to read another one and continue until you finish what you normally read each day. Push yourself to pray those 2 rak'ahs of taraweeh, followed by another one, then another one... it's amazing what we can achieve when we put our mind into something.
  2. Slow down if you have to : If you're utterly tired/exhausted and need a "break", then instead of giving up completely on your acts of worship or productivity, slow down a bit to regain your energy; perhaps read a little bit less Quran than usual, and/or pray taraweeh at home instead of masjid. (Note: make sure this is done for just 1 or 2 days, just enough for you to recover your energy, sleep better at night, then ready to go back to your full throttle mode. Do NOT make this a habit!)
  3. Dua :  The Ramadan dip is an opportunity for us to realise our weakness as human beings, and our weakness as believers. It makes us realise how much we need Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) to worship Him. So ask Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) for help and support to aid you in these critical days and give you the energy and strength to face the last 10 days with full energy and productivity inshaAllah.

Hope this helps!
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