Just of a sudden I started to feel so old, yet still so young. It was when I read a FB post the other day about how a woman should value herself, I realized I don’t think like that, anymore. But I did before. Daily I read about sisters that are struggling to wear hijab, afraid of what people around them will say. I’m also very familiar with women struggling with their weight.
Daily struggle is normal, and healthy to a certain extent. Because, this is hayat dunya, and it is a daily struggle for many reasons. But for now, let’s focus on the matter of struggling with your healthy lifestyle.
The trigger for this writing came from a comment I received on an Instagram post. This comment made me warm in my heart. To me, it means more than all her other achievements lately. She wrote:
“…it’s so freeing mentally… I don’t feel guilty or shame or regret because I know 1 unhealthy thing a week or month won’t ruin my life… if I keep eating 90% food that is good for my body then I’ll be fine in shaa Allah”.
I love that.
That displays strength, and freedom. Peace.
Really, because life can be stressful and all various social media channels can make you feel like different sometimes.
Don’t stress. Because dieting doesn’t work. Working on your habits and changing one after another works though. But you need to be patient. Just like we are instructed to be in the perfect religion of Islam.
Freedom for me is to feel free. To be relaxed. I mean really relaxed. Don’t feel stressed for anything almost. To be at ease with eating habits, to eat well 90% of the time, to workout because you love the feeling of how it makes you feel and to know that this temporary life is, just a temporary life.
When we bring these pieces together, our relationship to food, islamic reminders and physical activity, we get Energized Muslimah, but also such sweet foundation of love for oneself. When we nourish ourselves, we naturally in Shaa Allah also get closer to Allah SWT, and by that also improving our relationships with those around us.
What if you wouldn’t stress. How would you feel?
What if you reflect upon your relationship to food, to yourself, to Allah SWT and to physical activity? What if you only do it for how it makes you feel? Like just wanting to boost all happy hormones in your body and mind…!
Ramadan is around the corner and sometimes people stress about that too. A wise person said, I think it was Dr. Bilal Philips, that Ramadan is a month of fasting, not feasting, which of course is true.
So in order to feel at ease and really benefit from this beautiful month, take a moment now to establish healthy and balanced eating routines. Then Ramadan will be much easier from many aspects in Shaa Allah.
To the word “freedom”, I feel that the opportunities are limitless and when you get to this inner peace, you’ll be powerful in so many ways. Alhamdulillah.
I’ll end this writing by leaving you with the question about what freedom means to you? And if a healthy lifestyle is about simply wanting to boost all happy hormones in your body and mind, how would that make you feel?
Please share, I’d love to know, thanks.