How to Navigate Ramadan When You're Struggling With Your Mental Health
During Ramadan, our bodies, minds, and spirits are pushed to their limits with fasting from sunup to sundown. Our sleep schedules are usually irregular due to nightly prayers and pre-dawn meals. Despite getting less sleep than usual, we are usually showing up for life more, becoming more active in the community, doing charity, visiting the mosque, and gathering for iftar parties. For those living in non-Muslim-majority countries, it’s likely that our workload is the same, without any consideration or accommodation for the spiritual journey that we are on. But if you're wondering about Ramadan and mental health, it can certainly be tricky.
So how can we protect and manage our mental health despite the increased pressure during Ramadan? And how can we collectively engage with mental health challenges so that we are providing community care?