[Reader Discussion] How to Have a Relaxed and Refreshing Weekend

[Reader Discussion] How to Have a Relaxed and Refreshing Weekend
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Every month, we host a ProductiveMuslim reader discussion where you can share ideas and tips to help each other become more productive. Last month, readers shared many interesting ideas on What You Can Do While You Commute.

The theme for this month’s discussion is how you can have a relaxed and refreshing weekend. Continue reading

[SISTERS] A Short Guide to Reclaim Balance in our Lives


[SISTERS] A Short Guide to Reclaim Balance in our Lives | ProductiveMuslim
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Assalam ‘alaikum, sisters! Subhan Allah, we are fast approaching the end of 2014. You, like many others, may be reflecting on how the year has unfolded. Are you on track with your goals? Are you feeling a sense of calm or are you overwhelmed? It is quite possible to be experiencing the latter, especially if you have a lot on your plate and the previous months didn’t quite go as you had planned.

Sometimes life throws challenges our way and we draw on our faith to get through them, but we may still feel a little bit anxious or off balance.

Life coach Sayeda Habib provides tips on how to reclaim your emotional balance in order to enhance your wellbeing and quality of life.

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10 Actions for Sisters to Boost Self-Confidence


10 Actions for Sisters to Boost Self-Confidence | ProductiveMuslim
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One of the major barriers to productivity I often hear about when I meet sisters across the world, is the lack of self-confidence. I know from personal experience that is isn’t easy to develop confidence – some people are born with it, but I believe for most of us, it has to be developed and nurtured as we grow! I often have friends and family tell me I carry an aura of confidence about me; some wonder ‘what’s her secret?’ – it has has certainly taken some training! It is really disheartening to see Muslim women who are so talented, educated and ambitious thwart their progress and productivity because they have low self-esteem. I’d like to explore how we sisters can boost our own confidence with practical tips from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Continue reading

Taking Care of Your Kidneys: The Key to Your Daily Productivity


Taking Care of Your Kidneys The Key to Your Daily Productivity | ProductiveMuslim
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It’s true that we don’t realize the value of something until we lose it. I struggled for over 10 years with kidney disease and despite constant warnings from my doctor that non-compliance with medication would cost me my kidneys, I never ever imagined being the one on dialysis, let alone need somebody else’s kidney to survive.

Chronic kidney disease can severely affect your daily productivity: it causes persistent fatigue, nausea, swelling due to water retention, anemia, and ruins your appetite. When you reach chronic renal failure, where your kidneys can no longer sustain you, dialysis is the only option until a donor kidney is available. Continue reading

Forgiving Yourself: The Key to Moving On


Prayer at Night by mrehan | ProductiveMuslim
Prayer at Night by mrehan

Have you committed a sin that you are unbelievably ashamed of? Have you made a horrible mistake or let your loved ones down? Are you terrified of the punishment of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) or of being humiliated? Are you having nightmares about scandals that might ruin your life?

“Everybody makes mistakes. Forgive yourself, you are only human.” There, I said it! So? Do you feel better?

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