Although Ramadan is supposed to be about all things good, positive and healthy, it can quite quickly turn into the opposite. Patience and self-control are assumed to be some of the holy month’s buzzwords but the lack of food and water can lead us to lose the plot, feel frustrated and get extremely hungry.
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You don’t need a medical degree to understand how this works. Picture this: you’ve got about an hour left before you can break fast, it’s been a long day out the house and the moment you step through your door you notice that you forgot to pick up some groceries from the shop for Iftar. That feeling of nothing going in your way? That’s Ramadan Rage. It’s an uncontrollable level of fury that no one can talk you out of except yourself and a mouth full of your favorite foods. Don’t pretend that you’ve never felt that way, we’ve all been there.
For those intrigued by the science behind the global and cross-generational phenomenon, studies have been conducted and it’s official: Ramadan rage is a real thing.
Dr. Mousa Al Zaalh, a consultant psychiatrist, who is also a faculty member at the Faculty of Medicine of King Khalid University, has previously confirmed that anger was one of the most common mental struggles during Ramadan.
“Adrenal glands secrete adrenaline hormone, which affects the liver, and makes it produce the largest quantity of blood sugar, leading to increased energy in the body, thus making it more capable of muscular effort to self-defense, which in turn increases the body readiness to verbal and non verbal assaults. So it is necessary for us to control this emotion in order to get a balanced consensus, as well as to reach a psychological, a family, and a social one”
The first step towards healing is accepting the hurdle we experience. Once that’s done, you can count on us, as per usual, as we’ve gathered a handful of tricks and soothing methods to deal with your hot temper.
Good life and nutritional balance
Getting enough sleep and eating properly during Iftar have to be your best friends during this period. The good balance of nutrition and energy will definitely help you feel better and for that feeling to last longer too. Add some meditation, yoga and a good walk into your Ramadan routine and there’s not much that can trigger any Ramadan rage.
Reduce your caffeine and nicotine intake
Be it during Ramadan or not, reducing your caffeine and nicotine intake can only do you some good. But this is especially important during the holy month. These substances are known for being ultra-addictive and although you do re-charge at night, the next-day cravings are not worth it as they quite often trigger and fuel this feeling of fury. Ramadan cuts these vital elements of our days out of our lives from one day to the other and cutting anything cold turkey will have you go through an adaptation period. But once that is over, say hello to calmer and fuss-free times.
It goes without saying that exercising when fasting requires some discipline as you push your body’s limits to the furthest although no one is really asking you to do so. Apply the discipline you get from sports in your daily life and you’ll probably find it easier to control yourself, discern the right from the wrong and keep collected when in front of an uneasy situation.
Meditate or pray
If the above doesn’t help, remember that desperate times call for desperate measures – have a little chat with yourself or connect with your faith.