This year mental health week falls in the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. It is a time where one focuses on their spiritual health while testing their physical health. Fasting has so many benefits which is why intermittent fasting has become such a common practice.

As we spend this time focusing on our spiritual health we are also reminded that our mental health goes through a lot as well. The lack of food and water causes our minds to do things differently. Some of us become less patient. Some more irritable. These are opposite signs of everything Ramadan is suppose to reflect. This is the time where we are supposed to feel a renewed peace.

To all my fellow Muslims and even those who are not. Let’s take this month to also work on our patience and our responses. To focus on the simple aspects of our mental health.