As Yom Kippur rapidly approaches, you are undoubtedly already busy with work, school, synagogue, and taking care of your family. However, by taking some small steps in advance to prepare for Yom Kippur, you can ensure that fasting will be as easy as possible for you and your family. How can you prepare yourself for Yom Kippur fasting?
Start a Week Beforehand
The best way to start preparing for a fast is to start preparing with enough time left. If you start a week before Yom Kippur, you can ease yourself into fasting instead of making it such an abrupt change. Decrease or eliminate your usage of any addictive substances like coffee, tea, sweets, cigarettes, or anything else that you eat too much of or that you find to be addictive. You will almost certainly still miss these things on Yom Kippur, but the process won’t be as difficult as it would’ve been without planning ahead.
The Day Before Yom Kippur
The day immediately before Yom Kippur is typically spent preparing for the following day. The primary mitzvah of this day is eating and drinking kosher food in abundance. However, keep in mind that the more you eat and the lower-quality food you eat today, the harder it will be to be without food tomorrow. There are typically two festive meals the day before Tom Kippur—one early in the day and the other right before Yom Kippur begins and the candles are lit (18 minutes before sunset). Take care to hydrate yourself well before and during your fast. Many people confuse hunger with dehydration, so keeping yourself well hydrated can help ease any discomfort you have.
The Day of Yom Kippur
Even though fasting is uncomfortable for almost everyone, there are many ways to keep yourself comfortable during the process. Wear loose fitting and breathable clothing so that you won’t sweat and get dehydrated as quickly. Try your hardest to not think or talk about food, as your body reacts subconsciously to thinking about your next meal by preparing itself for that meal. If you are hungry in the middle of the day or mid-afternoon, try taking a nap to fill your time with another activity and distract from any feelings of hunger.
The Day After Fasting
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