Fasting and Pandemic Psychology

All the people of the World, we are all going through difficult times. We are struggling with a pandemic that has not been seen for more than 100 years and that we have been caught unprepared for. In the face of this virus, which threatens humanity with direct death, of course, we are all trying to cope with our own defense mechanisms. And many of us succeed.

The month of Ramadan is an important and special month for Muslim countries and our own country. Those who believe in Islam and choose to live their lives according to Islam want to spend this period of time by fasting. Fasting, on the other hand, means giving up some elements that give pleasure and pleasure to oneself. At the beginning of these is the person’s own will and desire to give up eating and drinking within a certain time of the day. During the month of Ramadan, people become spiritually stronger, their awareness increases, and their worldly desires and interests decrease. Studies have shown that the month of Ramadan is psychologically good for people and pathological disorders are reduced during this period. But this year’s Ramadan is progressing differently than every year. While the pandemic process continues, people are trying to carry out the two processes together with the arrival of Ramadan. Of course, carrying out this process in a healthy way can be difficult at times. In order to partially overcome the difficulty; This year, we need to be able to look at the month of Ramadan from a different window and try to keep our calm.

As you know, our physical health is very important in the fight against the pandemic. We are in a process where we need to stay away from harmful habits, eat healthy and strengthen our immunity. The decrease in the use of harmful and destructive substances during the month of Ramadan also has serious positive effects in this process.

Staying at home, coping with negative and stressful situations, material and moral; fasting and praying can be solutions to overcome ailments such as anxiety, depression and anxiety. Likewise, spiritual conflicts at home, family problems and emotional gaps can also complement these missing and incomplete feelings in people, along with the spiritual feelings brought by the month of Ramadan.

In addition, this period can be an opportunity for families who stay at home and want to be a model for their children in fasting.

Another important contribution of the month of Ramadan is; It will contribute to the realization of the fact that one cannot get everything one wants, how valuable personal pleasures are, that he can change his behavior due to his beliefs, and that it is so natural in the changes caused by the pandemic.

Ramadan is also the month of sharing. Studies show that the state of peace and happiness that occurs as a result of cooperation strengthens the immune system. Shares and aids made during this period have a positive effect on the immune system.

As a society, using the spiritual feelings brought by the month of Ramadan and the changes in our lifestyle in a positive way for ourselves and our environment can be a good defense method for all these.

Those who feel powerless in the process and have difficulty in directing their thoughts and behaviors; should seek support from a professional mental health professional.

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