Ramadan is on its way and we are totally ready for it! Or not? Most students will have to study during Ramadan, as the exam period is coming up. It is a real struggle, as we feel torn between experiencing our spirituality, using our brain to the fullest extent and surviving the hot weather. But fear not, Mvslim is here with some advice on how to survive exams during the blessed month of Ramadan.
Boost your brainpower with good nutrients
When people think about Ramadan, the first thing that comes to mind is: food deprivation from sunrise to sunset (yes, water too). But what happens when the sun sets and we are allowed to eat? All hands on deck! Right? That is usually a common mistake Muslims make during iftar. We tend to over-eat and end up with a food baby and sleepiness. For students it is utterly important to have a well-balanced iftar and suhoor. After all, our brain needs energy in order to function. Avoid high processed food. Processed foods are high in salt, sugar and/or fat. People tend to eat more than the recommended amounts without being aware.
It is important to stay hydrated. Drink enough water throughout the night.
Improve your focus and concentration by eating good carbs and wholegrains such as vegetables, nuts, brown rice, oats,… Those are more sustainable sources of energy.
And last but not least, take it slow. Don’t binge eat your way through iftar. Give your digestive system the time to process the food you take in. After all, you haven’t eaten all day.
Give your brain and body a break
It is important to have a good night rest during your exam period, especially during Ramadan. It’s not easy as everything starts to live up after sunset. But it is crucial as your body needs to rest and your brain needs to process the studied information. If you feel tired and overwhelmed during the day, you can take a power nap of 20 minutes to help restore your body and brain.
But of course, Ramadan is not only about food (or sleep) deprivation. It is a month that is filled with spirituality, self-reflection, caring and sharing. Even though you may focus on your exams as a student. You undeniably feel the warm vibe that Ramadan brings along. And with that, you also want to feel more connected to your faith. Even though your faith is a constant thing you carry with you, you can also see it as a perfect break during your study time. When Marx’s alienation theory is becoming too complex, or the letters of your statistical formulas get mixed up with the numbers, give your brain a break by practicing your spirituality. Meditate, pray, go for a walk or spend time with your loved ones. After all, this month is blessed so take care of yourself, your loved ones, and nail those exams!