Coping With Anxiety And Mental Illness

Coping with illness in the month of Ramadan is not easy–it may be even harder as some of us lose our social support systems and face increased anxiety during this pandemic.
  • For someone who struggles with a chronic illness, using coping tips and strategies is key to making the most of Ramadan. 

  • If you struggle with an eating disorder, ease your way into Ramadan with these 6 tips. 

  • When thinking about medications for mental illness, take these
    considerations into account when deciding to fast or not.

  • If you are a health professional who works with Muslim patients, check out the following resource for guidance regarding general advice for fasting, modified pharmacotherapy, and other planning strategies as your patients prepare for this month.
Ramadan, for individuals struggling with mental illness, can sometimes feel isolating.  The following personal narratives may help you realize you are not alone. 
Check out these resources for dealing with anxiety you may be feeling during about experiencing another Covid-19 Ramadan:
Original FYI articles on grief and anxiety around virus-related hospitalization and death.

Addiction

Dealing with any kind of addiction (substance, gambling, shopping, etc.) during Ramadan can be especially challenging. Addictions are complicated and require extensive support and resources. The FYI is working on an upcoming toolkit about addictions. In the meantime, refer to these resources for an overview if addiction is a struggle for you during Ramadan.
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Try these strategies to get through Ramadan with an addiction:

  • Use Ramadan as a stepping stone for change.

  • Consider the use of herbs.

  • Look into natural therapies.

  • Make dietary changes.
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Coping with an addiction and ultimately being sober is no easy task. Try these resources for some support during this process:
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Click here to return to the toolkit homepage.