Psychological Effects of Fasting

The month of Ramadan is a special month in which people voluntarily postpone their basic impulses such as food, sex and sleep, and take them under control, and strengthen family ties. In addition to fasting and worshiping, this special month brings with it self-education and spiritual purification such as not lying and not backbiting. For the Islamic world and Muslims who look at fasting from this perspective, fasting is a means of purification, that is, a kind of spiritual detox. The spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan has many factors that can positively affect the course of depression and similar diseases.

Today, there are many diet or detox practices. In order to get rid of the stress of the day spiritually, people, for example, go on an eating fast, enter a water fast, and try to purify both their bodies and souls by detoxing with different drinks. Here, fasting is a purification, a kind of spiritual detox.

Fasting also makes many contributions to social structure and interpersonal relations. Gains awareness of the situation of people who are not in good financial condition during Ramadan. By supporting them with tools such as zakat, fitra, charity and infaq, it strengthens the social glue and strengthens the bonds of brotherhood. Thus, a social atmosphere is created that trusts each other and establishes social trust as a society.

From a social point of view; It creates positive effects on the family, which is the smallest unit of society. Family members have the opportunity to gather at the same table at a certain time during Ramadan. It’s also good for the family’s inner dynamic.

Fasting allows one to control one’s nerves and not disturb the peace of others. By fasting, people maintain their inner discipline and thus learn to control their strong impulses. Fasting also helps us to understand others, that is, to be empathetic, to develop our characteristics such as patience, self-giving and altruism, and forgiveness.

It has also been revealed that fasting improves mental functions. During the month of Ramadan, our brain works at full capacity, unlike our other organs. This is because the organs in our body send less warning to the brain during Ramadan. The reduction of nutrients entering the body and the body’s accustoming to eating at the same times for a long time relaxes the brain. Fasting supports the formation of new stem cells in the brain and ensures the secretion of chemicals that will help this function. As a result, there is a decrease in stress and anxiety problems. It has been found that fasting positively affects the learning and memory parts of the brain and prevents the occurrence of neurological problems such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

As our body will not deal with unnecessary activities while fasting, perception and learning activities increase a lot. Our memory and memory register more, it is possible for us to focus and concentrate more.

And perhaps the most important effect; Fasting teaches us to be grateful and the meaning of life.

These difficult days we live in are the days when we need support, empathy and understanding the most.

I don’t believe in coincidences, so maybe there is a reason why the Pandemic and Ramadan duo coincided, who knows..

We hope to have healthy days together, patiently.

Happy ramadan..

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