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Love yourself this Ramadan season
by Aliya Raja

The month is Ramadan is so much more than abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It’s a chance for us to do a cleanse and detox physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Whenever you explain what Ramadan is to someone the initial response is always ‘wow, you go a whole day without food and water,’ which really doesn’t give the month justice because it’s SO much more than that. In this month’s self-love corner I’m going to share with you how you can make the next month a really beautiful one for you, whether you observe Ramadan or not.

Instead of jumping into what your goals are for the month, start by setting an intention. What would be a really great outcome of the month for you? Maybe it’s to feel more connected? To feel more at peace? Maybe its to gain more knowledge? Decide what it is for you.

Then think of a virtue you would like to develop. Gratitude? Humility? Patience? Love?

Then start by thinking of the habits you currently have in your life which aren’t serving you. You know, the ones that are uninspiring and lowering your vibration?

This could be speaking negatively about yourself and others around you. It could be mindlessly browsing and scrolling on your phone, buying things you don’t need. Or maybe it’s obsessing over what other people are doing rather than focusing on your own life.

Pick one and then make a decision that you’re going to cut down on this in the next month. By setting the intention you’ve already become aware of it. Now think about what action step you can take that’s going to help you do that i.e. deleting social media, reducing the phone calls you have where you waste time and talk about nothing.

And now decide one thing you’re going to do that’s going to help you to get closer to your intention. Maybe starting each day by reading for 5 minutes? Creating a timetable for yourself so that you can note down when you’re going to do what you intend to do.

I’m a huge fan of starting small and setting 1-2 goals and then building on it from there. Because it’s by starting small we feel accomplished and therefore motivated to do even more.

I’ve decided to dedicate the month to improving my knowledge and prayers, reducing social media use, building on being more patient and mindful, and being conscious about how I can make the world a better place.

What is your intention for the month?

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