In the Light of Islam How to Deal With Your Eating Disorders in Current Pandemic Situation

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The sacred laws command that life should be preserved, and this is primarily done by taking precautionary measures instituted by the governments and other authorities.

This has been demonstrated by countries that erred in taking caution when handling the pandemic or individuals that didn’t follow the advice of the local authorities pertaining to this disease. The numbers of deaths speak for themselves.

Qur’an mentions twice plaques, natural disasters, and wars in the 2nd chapter, Al-Baqarah and 7th chapter, Al-A raf; these things that have been troubling humankind throughout the centuries.

Therefore, people should adhere to authorizes directives to wash hands severally and pray, just like President Trump has admonished all people to do. Indeed, Muslims should continue with their religious practices, get closer to God. They should avoid fear since it can contribute to the worsening of existing conditions or new ones due to stress and anxiety.

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Please find below an article by one of our writers ‘In the Light of Islam How to Deal With Your Eating Disorders in Current Pandemic Situation.’ We’ve tried our best to use the Islamic references to help us all to get through these testing times. We hope you’ll find the article below useful in your journey to recovery and healing.

 

 

How to Deal With Your Eating Disorders in Current Pandemic

Situation

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that began in Wuhan, China. The pandemic has contributed to 60,000 deaths, and nearly 1.2 million people are infected.

The disease has caused significant changes across the globe. It has led to the closure of airports, restaurants, mosques, churches, and several companies. In some countries, there are total lockdowns and curfews to minimize disease transmission.

One of the most recommended methods is social isolation. That means people are warned against greetings, hugging, should stay 2 meters apart, and staying at home is a prudent idea. As a result, the situation has caused huge changes, disruption of regular routines, and anxiety.

People are not eating properly due to anxiety, and some regions don’t have enough supply of food. For that reason, people are not having a nutritious diet, but they are eating merely to survive, thus affecting their immunity.

The article will provide you with tips on how you can avoid eating disorders and strengthen your faith despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Quarantine Measures

The World Health Organization (WHO) and all governments are recommending the following measures to protect citizens and limit the spread of the COVID-2019.

  • Social Distancing: Governments have closed public gatherings such as sporting events, social groupings, and religious services to help people stay away from each other.
  • Maintaining Good Respiratory Hygiene: People are encouraged to close their mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing or do it into a flexed elbow.
  • Social Isolation: It’s recommended that people should stay or work from home to avoid mixing with others in the crowd. They should also avoid travelling where necessary.
  • Observe Personal Hygiene: People should wash their hands regularly using running water and soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Further, everyone should refrain from hugging, shaking hands, or kissing to prevent the spread of the virus. Common places should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.

Impact on People with Eating Disorders

Many people are under quarantine due to the recommended measures that several countries have taken to mitigate against the spread of the disease. For that reason, they are not able to access sufficient food supplies, thus contributing to malnutrition to the underweight individuals and worsening the eating disorder condition.

People who have been struggling with eating disorders are at risk of worsening their situation due to fears of getting infected, shortage of psychiatric and psychological treatments as well as the effects of isolation as a result of the pandemic.

Indeed the fears of being infected is making them feel out of control. Usually, the disorder is managed through increased dietary restrictions, but now the quarantine is restricting movement, creating separation, and may encourage binge eating. On the other hand, a person living with eating disorders can manage the situation using the following mechanisms.

  • The authorities have restricted movements to minimize the spread of the diseases; thus, individuals can’t walk or go to the gym. However, you can exercise at home to reduce the fears of adding weight.
  • Social isolation has contributed to people purchasing huge food supplies to cater for their needs. Therefore, keep these supplies away in a locked cabinet or room to avoid triggering binge-eating episodes.
  • Have a regular food routine or daily eating habit to keep your body healthy.
  • The social isolation is directly linked to eating disorders for it imbeds improvement on interpersonal functioning. However, a person can learn a skill, language, or trade online to keep themselves busy and interact with others learning the same skill.
  • If you don’t live alone, then engage in an upbuilding activity together as a family. This will minimize your eating disorders.

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health Patients

COVID-19 has affected people with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as substance use disorder. The pandemic has accentuated the severity of these conditions due to overwhelming anxiety and fear of getting infected.

People with chronic diseases and the elderly are at a higher risk of COVID-19. The doctors and health care providers are interacting with the infected, and this can contribute to anxiety and worsen the severity of symptoms of mental health conditions.

The pandemic is causing stress due to worry and fear of an individual’s health and that of their loved ones. They are also experiencing changes in eating and sleep patterns, difficulty in concentration, and sleeping. As a result of social isolation, most people are increasing their intake of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.

Persons struggling with mental health conditions can use the following tips to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • You should take a break from reading, watching, or listening to the news on television, newspaper, and social media.
  • You can engage in meditation, stretching, getting plenty of sleep, indoor exercises, eating healthy meals, and avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • You can engage in indoor activities that you enjoy. Prayer and meditation is an ideal activity.
  • You can also connect with others via the internet as well as talk to those you trust about your feelings and concerns. However, if you chose to go online, ensure that you keep your mental health healthy.
  • Call a healthcare provider when you feel overwhelmed with stress and can’t perform your daily activities for several days.

Ways that Muslim Faithful Can Cope With COVID-19

The sacred laws command that life should be preserved, and this is primarily done by taking precautionary measures instituted by the governments and other authorities.

This has been demonstrated by countries that erred in taking caution when handling the pandemic or individuals that didn’t follow the advice of the local authorities pertaining to this disease. The numbers of deaths speak for themselves.

Qur’an mentions twice plaques, natural disasters, and wars in the 2nd chapter, Al-Baqarah and 7th chapter, Al-A raf; these things that have been troubling humankind throughout the centuries.

Therefore, people should adhere to authorizes directives to wash hands severally and pray, just like President Trump has admonished all people to do. Indeed, Muslims should continue with their religious practices, get closer to God. They should avoid fear since it can contribute to the worsening of existing conditions or new ones due to stress and anxiety.

Instead, faithful should be grateful for the bountiful gifts God has provided and stop taking for granted elements like faith, family, friends, sustenance, security, and mobility. They should avoid being inclined towards bad character when affected by harm as well as avoid succumbing to intense fear. They should instead turn to God in prayer and display moral character as Qur’an says.

Conclusion

COVID-19 has plagued the entire world, and more than 60,000 have lost their lives, while approximately 1.2 million are now infected around the globe.

Governments, on the other hand, have instituted quarantine measures to limit the spread of the diseases, and people are expected to adhere to them.

The Qur’an encourages obedience and prayer; thus, believers should exercise their soul in prayer so that they can thrive when the trials come. Therefore, everyone should pray for it’s a weapon against panic, fear, and despair.

For that reason, persons struggling with an eating disorder and mental health conditions should take appropriate measures to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as remain positive.

 

Now is the Time

Hafez

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
With veracity
And love.

Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.

My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?

What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time for you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

The Gift – Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master
translations by Daniel Ladinsky
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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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