Breathing techniques will help in Reducing stress during fasting Hours in Ramadan.
Remaining calm yet active at work and be able to deliver deadlines on an empty stomach is one of the biggest challenges for fasting Muslims. A few breathing and stretching through Yoga can help keep the nerves calm and cool. Breathing exercises are the easiest and effective technique in yoga to reduce stress level.
If you start your day with a few simple set of breathing exercises, it will help you manage stress at work more effectively. Mind and body are interlinked and hence keeping your mind calm is essential in managing stress. Fasting Muslims can start with three to five minutes of Kriyas (set of breathing technique) like Kabalbhati or Bhastrika, which helps cleanse the body and mind
Kriya creates more space in the lungs by throwing out impurities and prepares the lungs for Pranayama, "Pranayama is control of Breath". "Prana" is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and "ayama" means control. So Pranayama is "Control of Breath". Pranayama will instantly increase the supply of oxygen in your system and brain will function better. While at work, your thought process will have better clarity.
The third technique is 'Bandha' that helps in hormonal balance in the endocrine system. "If you do a combination of these for 15 to 20 minutes daily at the start of the day, you will see the difference in energy levels. Taking a few deep breaths is effective when one gets bogged down by stress.
A few deep inhaling and exhaling using the alternative nose breathing technique is a quick fix when stress hits you at work. Usually, when there is not enough oxygen in your body, it cannot function properly. When you are under stress, you can immediately notice that your breathing pattern gets affected. So, close your eyes and try to focus on breathing. By taking control of your breathing, you are in effect taking control of your mind, and keeping it calm and happy.
According to me, the office space can also be utilised effectively to do simple stretching exercises. "Stretching will help increase the blood flow and will immediately reduce the weariness. One can sit at their desk and stretch their shoulders, neck, back or their wrist and arms.
And when it comes to doing a regular yoga routine, My opinion that doing strenuous exercise routine will not go well with most fasting people. "They should keep it to simple stretching and breathing exercises. And when combined with healthy eating habits, people can effectively manage the work-fasting balance."