You’ve had a long day at work/school, you’re pretty tired, you just got home and realize that you’ll probably need to work later on in the evening to finish off some work or homework, or even work on a community project you’ve volunteered for. You’ve a few hours (or maybe few minutes) to rest and now you’re wondering how can you invest those crucial hours/minutes in order to rejuvenate yourself and attentively tackle the evening work you have to do.
There are a number of things you can do to unwind and relax and here are some. Print this list and place it somewhere in the house so each day you can have a menu of things to do when you just need to unwind/relax:
The first thing you should do when you arrive back from outside work is to take a shower or at least make wudhu and simply refresh yourself. This simple act will make you tackle the rest of the evening with a refreshed outlook. Not only will you be cleaning yourself from the dust of the outside world but with a wudhu performed sincerely you’ll also be cleansing yourself from sins inshaAllah.
In the sweltering heat of the summer months, it can become very difficult to stay productive during the day. The sun, humidity, and sweat seems to simply drain our energy and we feel lazy and lethargic – we just want to lie down with a cold lemonade and do nothing at all.
The good news is that you’re not alone. Research has shown the detrimental effect of heat on productivity; here are a couple of interesting studies:
1. Office workers who were exposed to temperatures of 75°F for keyboard tasks showed a reduction in their productivity of up to 40 or 50% compared to their peers at cooler temperatures for the same tasks and with the same clothing.
2. In another experiment, normally-clothed young people were asked to perform mental tasks. They were most comfortable at 80.5°F, however they exerted the least amount of effort and did the least work at this temperature. They performed the most work at 68°F.
So how exactly do we fight the lazy summer days and stay productive in the middle of the heat?
Here are some practical tips on how to take the heat:
We need to bring to the surface thoughts that play the same tune over and over in our minds. These thoughts range from: natural doubts, past failures, fear of success, low esteem etc as well as your upbringing and the past programming you have been subjected to have all accumulated into limiting beliefs.
Here are 5 Top Tips! For ridding yourself of ‘inner chatter’ that do not benefit or serve you.
1. Reliance and trust in Allah
Look to our greatest role models for encouragement, we need to put our trust in Allah 100 per cent, knowing that nothing can happen except by HIS will. Total trust in Allah will enable us to accomplish our wildest dreams. Hajar, Maryam, Sumayah and Asiya (May Allah be pleased with them all) were all great resilient women full of drive and determination who put their trust in Allah.
Imagine you have been left in the middle of nowhere, no food, no shelter, security and a baby? How would you feel? Hajar asked Ibrahim (alayhissalaam) “Has your Lord commanded you to this?” He replied in the affirmative “Yes”, then she said: “ He will not abandon us”. It was her Tawwakul (Trust) that she put in Allah which made her cope with such a difficult situation. Hajar embraced uncertainty, she felt the fear and accepted it.
Muhammad Ibn Abi Imran narrates that he heard someone ask Shaykh Hatim al-Asum how he reached to his level of reliance upon Allah. Shaykh Hatim al-Asum replied, “I became convinced in four things (i.e. that these four things penetrated my heart). One, I am convinced that no one else will eat the provision Allah has decreed for me, so I am content. Two, I am convinced that no one else is going to do good works except me, so I am busy doing them myself. Three, I am certain death shall come unexpectedly, so I am busying myself in expectation of it. And four, I am certain I shall never escape the sight of Allah, so I am shy to disobey Him while He is watching.”
Here’s a productivity tip which will boost your energies:
We all know the famous story of Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), when her husband, Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) asked her to go ask her father for a servant to help them in their house chores. When she went to her father’s house, she didn’t find him. Later in the evening, Ayesha the wife of Prophet Muhammad, told the Prophet that his daughter was looking for him and what his daughter requested. The Prophet went to Fatima’s and Ali’s house, sat between them and said:
“Shall I tell you a thing which is better than what you asked me for? When you go to your beds, say: ‘Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is Greater)’ for 34 times, and ‘Alhamdu Lillah (i.e. all the praises are for Allah)’ for 33 times, and Subhan Allah (i.e. Glorified be Allah) for 33 times. This is better for you than what you have requested.”
Here’s the amazing bit, anyone who has actually tried this remembrance before going to sleep will actually wake up next morning full of energy! Scholars and pious men/women who’ve tried this would swear that it works! And I tried it too and it does work!
So tonight, and for every night, before you sleep, say SubhanAllah 33 times, al-hamdulillah, 33 times and Allahu Akbar 34 times and watch the wonder of remembrance of Allah take place within you inshaAllah!