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Tips for Maintaining Your Fast at Work

Posted by: Sharifa Bakhtani | Mar 4, 2024

Ramadan, the month where your coffee starts sending you "miss you" texts and your lunchbox feels oddly neglected. Whether you're fasting for the first time, a seasoned pro, or a supportive colleague wanting to keep the vibe considerate and cheerful, here's how to blend spirituality, productivity, and a bit of humour during this holy month.

1. Suhoor: Breakfast of Champions

Suhoor is like that trusty alarm clock - essential but sometimes hard to love. Opt for the kind of meal that sticks with you - whole grains, proteins, and fruits and veggies. These foods keep you going, slowly and steadily releasing energy throughout the day.

2. Communication is Key

A little chat with your manager about adjusting for prayer times or flexibility in your work schedule can go a long way. It's about finding a middle ground where your fasting and work commitments meet harmoniously. If you finish at a time that makes it hard to get home in time to break your fast, maybe ask to swap your lunch break for a shorter day! Find out what works for you and your manager to ensure you get all your work done but also have time in the evening. 

3. Listen to Your Body

Your energy levels will have their ups and downs, and that's perfectly fine. It's important to pace yourself and be mindful of your workload during the fasting hours. 

4. Hydration is Crucial

Make water your best friend during non-fasting hours. It's the secret weapon that keeps you running, ensuring you're well-hydrated and ready to face the day's challenges.

5. Plan Your Day Wisely

Aim to tackle the heavier tasks in the morning when you're more energised. As the day wears on, shift to lighter tasks that don't require as much mental lifting. It's all about working smarter, not harder.

6. Take Meaningful Breaks

Use your break times for quick prayers, meditation, or just a moment of quiet. These little pauses can refresh your mind and spirit, giving you the boost you need to continue your day.

7. Build a Support Network

Whether you're fasting or just interested in learning more, connecting with others can make the experience more enriching. It's a chance to share, learn, and grow together.

8. Keep the Spirit in Mind

Amid the physical challenge, don't forget the spiritual rewards. Ramadan is a time for inner growth, reflection, and connection. When the fast feels daunting, remember the bigger picture and the personal growth you're achieving.


Balancing fasting with work can be a test of patience and perseverance, but it's also an opportunity for personal growth and reflection. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll navigate through Ramadan with grace and good humour. Whether you're fasting or supporting someone who is, let's make this Ramadan a time of empathy, understanding, and spiritual rejuvenation.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive Ramadan. Let's embrace this time with open hearts and minds.

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