It may not seem so, but an often overlooked fact about the holy month of Ramadan is that it is one of the busiest times of the year: we continue to work, but the time available to get it done is reduced. This is the reason why we find that many people lose their balance and focus during these days.
Yet to face these challenges and find the right balance, the solution is simple: manage certain key aspects like monitoring health, organising sleep hours, making the most of our time with family and friends without any disturbance and managing the time spent in front of mobile screens.
To achieve all this and find the right balance while fasting, here are some features many of us could be unaware of on iOS on iPhone and iPad:
Do Not Disturb
Iftar during Ramadan is a family occasion when all family members gather around the table to share their first meal of the day. To dedicate this time without external distractions, why not activate the Do Not Disturb feature to make sure you you get your fill until you are finished with your meal?
Monitor Screen Time
Admit it, but many of us tend to spend most of our time during the fasting hours glued to phone screens without even realising it. However, we must be careful to better manage the time we spend in front of our screens through the Screen Time feature available on iOS 12, which enables us to make the most of the time we spend on our devices.
As the daily routine changes during Ramadan, many people find it challenging to organise their bedtime. Activating the Bedtime feature from the Watch app enables you to set the required amount of sleep every night, and reminds you when it's time to hit the bed. You can also analyse your daily sleep routine by inputting your data in the Health app to manage your sleeping hours and find your balance.
Follow your daily routine in the Health app
To get off to a good start during the holy month, it is recommended that you input data related to your daily routine in the Health app on your phone to access all your health data and set goals to achieve by the end of the month. The app connects other apps on your phone to help you follow your progress in four categories - Activity, Sleep, Mindfulness and Nutrition - so you can evaluate yourself and improve your daily habits.
Activity: One of the biggest mistakes people make during Ramadan is the lack of physical activity with the excuse of fasting, which is why activating this feature in the Health app will show you your daily movement to help keep you motivated and active. The app combines activity data from your iPhone, such as steps and distance, with other activity data from third-party fitness apps on your phone as well as activity data from your Apple Watch to give you a summary of your daily activity and provide you with the motivation you need to keep going.
Mindfulness: With the hectic daily routine in Ramadan, it is important to take a moment to breathe and quiet your mind to relieve stress and improve your overall health. The Breathe app on the Apple Watch can help overcome stress. The Aura app from the App Store offers meditation sessions that help reduce stress, stay focused and sleep better.
Nutrition: Whether you want to track carbohydrates, calories, caffeine consumption, or any other nutrition metrics, the Health app makes it easy to manage goals and accurately monitor what you eat. Other apps are also available on your device to help you control your diet, such as My Fitness Pal to calculate the calories you burn daily.
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