Post-Ramadan letdown is real.
That feeling of excitement during the blessed month keeps us motivated to fast despite all kinds of hardship. It also greatly lifts our spirits and faith.
Which is why life post-Ramadan can be downright depressing. It’s akin to the post-holiday blues some people get after Christmas. All that buildup and excitement of meeting, eating, and greeting all gone. Life goes back to the mundane.
This year, try to carry over the happiness of Ramadan through to next year. Here are some ways how.
- Set post-Ramadan goals: The aim should be to achieve them by next Ramadan. It can be anything from curbing food waste, to memorizing five new Surahs, to controlling backbiting better. Choose something you made a conscious effort to adopt or drop in Ramadan
- If you miss the Masjid: Make a habit of going to Juma prayer every week. If you already do, pray Fajr or Isha on the weekends in congregation. The Masjid may not be as full, but the sense of brotherhood/sisterhood you miss will still be there
- Up your Quran quotient: Read five more minutes of Quran than you normally would in Ramadan. Or memorize five more Surahs. Whatever you choose, the purpose is to increase your daily exposure to the Quran
- Miss the community spirit? Commit to attending a community event at least once a month until next Ramadan. This can include fundraisers, sporting events, lecture series, Halaqas (Islamic study circles), and classes
- Fast outside of Ramadan. Here’s when
- Choose 12 Islamic books to read until next Ramadan. The goal is to read one per month. But don’t stop there: Set a timer every day to read at least 15 minutes of the books so you maintain consistency and reach your goal
- Commit to hosting six dinners at your home until next Ramadan. Once every two months, alternate breaking bread with fellow Muslims, neighbors, friends, and classmates or coworkers of different faiths or none
- Choose a Hajj-worthy physical challenge. You may or may not be going for Hajj this year. Regardless, the journey of a lifetime requires preparation of the spirit and the body. Pick a physical activity that can get you ready when Allah’s invitation arrives. It can range from simply walking 15 minutes a day if you currently get no exercise, to taking jogging more miles than your usual daily workout
- Travel. Sometimes a change in location for a few days or weeks helps give us a fresh perspective we need to refocus and get back on track. Try these Muslim-flavored summer vacation spots