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11 science-backed ways to lose weight without going on a diet

11 science-backed ways to lose weight without going on a diet

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Going on a diet is a losing game. Some research suggests more than nine out of every 10 people who try to diet will fail.

Even people who are able to diet successfully often fight a tough battle against the body’s evolutionarily savvy attempts to store extra energy. In fact, scientists have found that the bodies of severely overweight people who lose weight can actively work against them: as they slim down, their metabolism drops, making it harder to lose more weight.

Experts agree that extreme diets and juice cleanses aren’t good long-term strategies for maintaining a healthy weight. To that end, the US News & World Report’s 2018 ranking of the best diets put the trendy ketogenic diet dead last.

But there are a few simple things you can do to stay trim and satisfied in the long run.

We asked dietitian Jason Ewoldt from the nation’s top-rated hospital, the Mayo Clinic, for his simplest, sanest ideas for staying lean this summer. Here’s his advice:


Stay hydrated. If you hate drinking water, zest it up with citrus or drink it carbonated (without adding empty calories into your diet).

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Ewoldt says patients often end up misinterpreting thirst for hunger.

“A lot of times, people just seem to be a little dehydrated,” he said.

A 2016 study of more than 18,000 people in the US found that those who drank more water were consistently more satisfied and ate fewer calories on a daily basis. They also consumed lower amounts of sugar, fat, salt, and cholesterol than more dehydrated participants.

There’s also some limited evidence that drinking water can help you burn through more calories, at least for a little while. So keep sipping.


Whatever you drink, it’s probably best to steer clear of both sugar and artificial sweeteners.

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Drinking a lot of sugary coffee , tea, soda , or juice could increase your risk of an early death, according to a study of over 17,000 Americans above the age of 45.

But researchers are starting to discover that consuming drinks with fake sugar may not be any better than downing the real stuff when it comes to developing dangerous chronic diseases.

Scientists studying the blood vessels of rats have discovered that while sugar and artificial sweeteners act in very different ways inside the animals’ bodies, they can both up the odds of developing obesity and diabetes.

The researchers think that artificial sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies process fat.


Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night.

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Most of us like to think we can operate well without a full night’s sleep. But neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker says that’s wrong. According to Walker, lack of sleep is literally killing us.

And it makes us eat more bad food, too.

Research published in 2013 in the journal Nature Communications revealed that sleep-deprived eaters are more likely to reach for high-calorie foods and gain weight than well-rested people. That’s because being sleepy also snoozes the region of the brain that helps tell us when we’re full.


Taking time to enjoy breakfast and lunch is a good way to avoid overeating later in the day. Try to eat before you risk getting irritable and impulsive.

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The advice is almost a cliché at this point, but more and more research still suggests that breakfast-eaters stay trimmer and avoid putting on dangerous belly fat compared to people who don’t eat in the morning.

Recent Mayo Clinic research found that people who skip breakfast put on roughly five to eight more pounds in a single year than regular morning eaters.

Ewoldt says your breakfast doesn’t have to be big, but you should eat something to help avoid impulsive hunger-fueled binges of fatty or sugary food.

“When we’re hungry, we’re going to go with what’s quickest and easiest,” he said.

Often that translates to more processed, high-calorie foods with little nutritional value.


Consider incorporating a healthy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack into your daily routine.

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“If you have a small, healthy, filling snack, you’re still hungry for lunch, you’re just better able to manage choices,” Ewoldt said.

When selecting a snack, however, avoid carb- or sugar-heavy foods that masquerade as healthy and won’t keep you feeling full, such as cereal, granola bars, and bottled smoothies.

Ewoldt said he often opts for a cheese stick, a banana, or a mid-afternoon piece of fruit. Nuts are also a good option, since they’re full of healthy protein.


Plan ahead by getting your veggie chopping and meal prepping done before you’re hungry.

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When we’re hungry, it can be hard to say no to processed foods, which are bad for your waistline and may even cause cancer.

Ewoldt says having a daily plan “makes healthy eating a heckuva lot more attainable.”

He packs his lunch for work at least four days a week, and picks out foods that will keep him satisfied for hours. He stocks up on chicken patties, crunchy vegetables and hummus, as well as guacamole spreads that help him stay full during the workday.


Make your days a little nuttier.

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Nuts are a fatty, wonderful way to stave off cravings between meals. Recently, researchers have discovered they’re also a potentially life-saving protein source, too.

A study of more than 81,000 people in North America found that people who ate just a handful of mixed nuts or seeds a day reduced their risk of developing heart disease. Getting a little nutty also helped the study participants lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in their bodies.


Work out in the morning.

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Studies have shown that people who work out in the morning on an empty stomach can burn up to 20% more body fat during their workouts, since they have to use more stored-up fat as fuel.

Some evidence suggests that exercising on an empty stomach won’t increase your appetite (though the scientists behind that research gave study participants a chocolate-flavored recovery drink right after their morning workouts were through).

The benefits of regular workouts don’t end at our waistlines – and really, incorporating more movement into your routine at any time of day will lead to major benefits. Exercise has been shown to provide a smorgasbord of health improvements: it can help stave off depression and keep your heart, lungs, and mind healthy to a ripe old age.


Chew more filling whole grains like quinoa and brown rice.

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Whole grains like oats, cracked wheat, and brown rice are a great way to satisfy your appetite and stay full. Plus, they’re also rich in potassium, iron, and B vitamins.

These fiber-rich foods take more time for the body to break down, and can fuel us for hours at a time. That makes them a better choice than processed, nutrient-stripped grains like white breads, floury crackers, and white rice.


Enjoy some fruit.

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Fruits are another great way to incorporate hunger-satisfying fiber into your diet. Plus, they’re a great source of vitamins and water, and can even help our DNA stay healthy.

Ewoldt likes to sprinkle some berries onto Greek yogurt in the morning for a simple, quick breakfast.

Harvard physician Monique Tello has a similar go-to breakfast: Icelandic-style (high protein) yogurt with a combination of berries and a mix of nuts, seeds, and rolled oats.


Treat yourself sometimes.

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If there’s one thing dietitians and food experts agree on, it’s that deprivation and villainizing “bad” foods leads to binging and more diet fails.

So indulge once in a while, Ewoldt says, as long as it’s in moderation. Love chocolate cake or red wine? Go ahead, have a little bit now and then.

He suggests wine lovers limit themselves to one 5-ounce glass when they feel a craving (that’s about a fifth of a bottle) and “really sip and really enjoy it.”

How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

Everyone knows that spring is the perfect time to clear the decks, dust away the cobwebs, and start fresh.  While you might be focusing on your house or your yard, remember that your makeup can use some spring cleaning too. Making sure your makeup is fresh and working properly is important to help ensure that it performs well and gives the best skincare benefits.  This is also the perfect time of year to branch out and try new products!  Check out these tips on how to spring clean your makeup bag.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

Check Your Period After Opening Dates

period after opening

Period After Opening (PAO) dates appear on almost every beauty product you own. The PAO symbol looks like an open jar with a number inside. The number listed represents how many months your products will remain at peak efficacy after opening the product.  That being said, if your favorite PurePressed Base doesn’t smell or look different, and it continues to perform as it always has, you can safely continue using it. After all, minerals are inert so they don’t expire!

To spring clean your makeup, check your products. Maybe it’s time to make a new purchase of one of your favorites!

PRO TIP: We like to put little stickers on new products and mark when we opened them, so we can keep track of how long they will be at peak performance.

Clean Your Brushes

spring clean your makeup brushes

Cleaning your brushes is an important step in ensuring that your makeup not only applies beautifully but also that your skin will remain clean and clear.  For quick spot-cleaning try our Botanical Brush Cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto a paper towel and gently swirl your brush to remove product build-up  While this cleaner is perfect for on-the-spot cleansing (especially for our vegan makeup brushes with animal-free bristles), don’t forget to deep clean your brushes once a week. Use a mild shampoo and lukewarm water to suds up your brush ensuring that all makeup build up is washed away, leaving you with a squeaky clean brush. Check out this article to learn the right way to clean makeup brushes.

Try Something New

Spring is the perfect time to try something new. If you’ve already checked the Period After Opening dates on your products, it’s likely you have decided to throw away some of your faves. So, now is the perfect time to test out new trends, shades or products you’ve been eyeing all winter.

Check out our beauty inspiration gallery to get some ideas for new makeup looks you may want to try out.

You can also see what our makeup will look like on your own face by using our Makeover Room. It’s an interactive tool that allows you to try out our products using your computer or mobile device by simply uploading a picture of yourself. You can save looks and purchase directly through the app. It’s fun and super helpful in figuring out which products are best for you.

Show Us Your Spring Shelfies

We hope these spring cleaning tips were helpful! Show us how you spring clean your beauty routine by posting a shelfie on Instagram, then tag @janeiredale and #GoodBeautyStories.


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Everything tennis icon Roger Federer eats and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Everything tennis icon Roger Federer eats and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Roger Federer.

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RogerFederer skipped the clay season so that he could be as fit and fresh as possible for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships – and continues his campaign against Lukáš Lacko in the Round of 64 on Wednesday.

Even at 36, Federer continues to marvel on the courts. He triumphed at the first major of the year, the Australian Open, and is regarded as the favourite to pick up a second Grand Slam title of the year in London this month.

To maintain his sporting dominance, Federer has to eat right. So what sort of food does a 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion eat?

Here’s everything Federer likes to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


This is 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who is widely considered as the best male tennis player of all time.

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To start his day, Federer prefers to go sweet rather than savoury and reportedly enjoys homemade waffles with a fresh fruit compote on the morning of a match.

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Source: The Guardian


To wash the waffles down, Federer has fresh juice, coffee, and a vinegar shot.

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Source: The Guardian


Before tennis, Federer will eat a plate of pasta. “Two hours before every match, I eat pasta with light sauce … I have been doing it for 20 years.”

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Source: International Business Times


In between practice sessions or competition matches, Federer is no stranger to snack bars.

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He also eats bananas, which are a good source of carbohydrate and potassium. When tennis players contest long matches, their energy levels may lull and they may succumb to cramp if they lose too much potassium. Bananas help players like Federer refuel.

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However, research suggests that energy drinks may be a superior way of replenishing an athlete’s body during competition. This is because the body absorbs liquids quicker than solid foods, like a banana.

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When Federer goes out for dinner, variety is clearly the spice of life. “I am a lover of Italian, Japanese, and Indian restaurants,” he said recently.

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He even likes to take selfies with his naan bread.

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It’s not all health foods, though. Federer does have a sweet tooth and can’t resist ice cream. “I like my ice cream, I like my chocolate,” he said in 2017. “That’s my diet. I like my treats. I don’t feel bad about it. I can do it and play tennis at the same time.”

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Being Swiss, he is no stranger to cheeses and likes to eat fonduta, a dish that combines milk, cream, cheese, and egg yolk. He also has raclette (pictured), a cheese that’s melted and scraped onto a plate.

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Federer has also tried local delicacies in other countries, including Scotland. He once received Irn-Bru and a tin of shortbread biscuits made especially by Andy Murray’s grandmother.

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One thing Federer doesn’t eat is wombat meat. It was an allegation he denied during a bizarre interview conducted by Will Ferrell, who channeled Ron Bergundy, his character in the hit comedy movie “Anchorman,” at the 2018 Australian Open.

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Federer drinks alcohol if he is celebrating success. He may look dapper here in his tuxedo and his glass of champagne, but sometimes he doesn’t just have one glass and suffered a “head-ringing” hangover when he mixed his drinks until 5 a.m., the morning after his eighth Wimbledon title, last year.

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Sometimes there’s not a trophy big enough for Federer’s champagne diet …

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But that doesn’t seem to be holding him back.

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The most surprising foods Weight Watchers considers zero points — and why

The most surprising foods Weight Watchers considers zero points — and why

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Weight Watchers has long assigned a point system to foods for dieters.

The idea is to encourage people to stay away from less healthy items, like a slice of cake, by making those account for more of a person’s daily food-intake total. Foods that are perfectly healthy to eat in abundance, on the other hand, get a low point value.

According to the the weight-loss giant’s rubric, some vegetables have always counted for zero points. But now Weight Watchers says dieters need not count points anymore when it comes to many other fruits, veggies, and nutrient-rich proteins. In December, Weight Watchers released an updated list of more than 200 zero-point foods that followers of the diet plan can eat in unlimited quantities. The list of zero-points items even includes things like eggs and fish.

That idea might seem counterintuitive, since many people assume that dieters are at risk of overeating.

“These foods form the basis of a healthy eating pattern,”Gary Foster, Weight Watchers’ chief scientific officer and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school, told Business Insider. “Very few people come to Weight Watchers because they’ve had a problem overdoing it on salmon, legumes, beans, and chicken.”

In other words, people just don’t tend to binge on satiating, healthy foods. And Weight Watchers doesn’t want any feelings of guilt to be associated with eating an extra helping of salad or another bite of fish.

The no-points-list includes apples, mushroom caps, scallions, and tangerines. Here are some of the most surprising entries on it, and the nutrition research that led them to be included.


Eggs, including the yokes

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Recent research has shown that for most healthy adults, eggs don’t have a huge effect on blood cholesterol levels. And if you like your breakfast eggs topped with a little red salsa, go wild. That’s a points-free food now, too.


Many kinds of beans, including black, butter, navy, white, and fat-free refried beans

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Beans and legumes are categorically low-fat, high-protein sources of fuel that give you lots of potassium, magnesium and filling fiber. Green beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans are point-free too, as are lentils.


Caviar and shellfish

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Just an ounce of caviar can set you back $35 or more.
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If your wallet can handle it, you can have as much caviar as you like. In fact, most fish and shellfish – like crab and lobster – are fine to eat with abandon.

According to Weight Watchers, people don’t tend to overeat seafood, so it’s simply not worth measuring out into gram-specific servings. They’d rather have clients eat these types of proteins until they feel satisfied.


Most varieties of fish, including anchovies, cod, salmon, tuna, and whitefish

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Lots of fish are high in doses of polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Chicken and fish have less saturated fat per serving than red meat, and both chicken and eggs have omega-3 fatty acids. These “good” fats help repair and build our cells, reduce instances of heart disease, and can also have anti-inflammatory effects. They are essential fats the body can’t produce on its own.

Although Weight Watchers encourages people to eat lots of chicken breast, the American Heart Association says it’s still best to enjoy chicken and fish in moderate doses. The AHA suggests eating no more than six ounces per day, which is about the size of two decks of cards.


Any kind of mushrooms, including brown, button, crimini, Italian, portobello, and shiitake.

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Mushrooms are a great way to add flavor and texture to a dish.
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Mushrooms do much more than add a savory, earthy flavor to your plate.

The fungi pack an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant punch. They’re also great for your heart, can lower cholesterol, and may even help keep people full in the same way as meat.

Wild mushrooms grown in the sun can also be a great source of vitamin D.


Artichokes

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Artichokes are a great bud to fill up on, because they’re packed with dietary fiber and protein to keep you satisfied for a while.

Artichoke leaves are great for your liver, and they can also help keep your body’s cells healthy because they are packed with antioxidants. In 2004, the US Department of Agriculture found that artichokes have a higher antioxidant count per serving than any vegetable around. The only plants with more are blueberries, cranberries, and some beans.


Lemons and limes

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Lemon juice is an excellent way to bring more flavor to your dishes and dressings without adding any cholesterol to them. The vitamin C-rich fruit can also help your body absorb more of the iron that’s present in other foods.

Another reason that lemons are part of some successful weight-loss plans may simply be that they help people stay hydrated by consuming more citrus-flavored water. A 2016 study of more than 18,000 people in the US found that those who drank more water were consistently more satisfied and ate fewer calories on a daily basis.


All berries

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Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries — you name it.
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Cherries, which aren’t technically berries, are fine as well.


In fact, fruits in general are now points-free, including fruit cocktails, unsweetened fruit cups, and fruit salads.

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Fiber-rich fruits can be more expensive than cakes or candy, but they’re a much better way to satisfy a sweet tooth. A single cup of strawberries will provide you more than an entire day’s recommended dose of vitamin C, while eating a peach is arguably as good as swallowing a multivitamin.


Dates and figs

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Figs and dates are great natural sugar fixes.
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Yes, even these natural sweets are fine to eat as often as you want. The honey drizzled over the figs in this image is certainly not points-free, though.


Unsweetened, nonfat Greek yogurt and plain yogurt

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Nuts like almonds are not points-free, but nutrition experts say the protein from nuts is probably better for your heart than meat.
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Yogurt is good for your bones, can aid digestion, and carries just as much protein as meat. The cultures in yogurt can even help you lose weight, a team of Harvard researchers found.


Almost every ingredient in a homemade stir-fry

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Those ingredients include broccoli, carrots, peppers, peas, onions, and tons of other leafy veggies.

The benefits of vegetable-rich meals extend beyond your waistline. Researchers have discovered that plant-based diets are good for keeping aging brains sharp and can reduce a person’s risk of developing deadly conditions like heart disease and breast cancer.


Given recent research, it’s not a surprise that the updated Weight Watchers list includes so many wholesome foods that nutritionists champion.

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Besides helping people slim down, the foods on Weight Watchers’ list also help boost brain power and heart health.
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Dietitians and food scientists are increasingly pointing to a Mediterranean-style, veggie and legume-rich eating plan that’s high in fiber and low in sugar and red meat as one of the best for keeping people wise, trim, and energized.

Whether or not you like the points model Weight Watchers uses, its guidance about eating as many fruits, veggies, and healthful proteins as we like is probably a good rule to follow.

Bila Ibu Rasa ‘Macam Tak Buat Apa-apa Hari Ni’, Ingatlah 6 Perkara Ini

Bila Ibu Rasa ‘Macam Tak Buat Apa-apa Hari Ni’, Ingatlah 6 Perkara Ini

“Aduh, kejap lagi suami dah nak balik. Rumah bersepah, baju belum basuh, makan malam pun tak ‘prepare’ apa-apa lagi. Cepatnya masa berlalu, rasa macam tak buat apa-apa pun hari ni.”

Inilah situasi yang selalu melanda ibu surirumah. Berbanding dengan masa bekerja dulu, kita tahu kita dah buat sesuatu. Kita rasa puas bila dapat siapkan kerja yang disuruh.

Tapi bila sendirian menjadi pengurus di rumah, ada masanya kita akan rasa ‘lemau’. Rasa macam tak ada pencapaian, tak ada perkembangan. Rasa sedih pun ada bila mengenangkan yang kita hanya ‘duduk di rumah’. Malah, sebahagiannya rasa malu dan rendah diri dengan suami sendiri sebab tak mampu menyumbang sesuatu yang lebih besar untuk keluarga.

Bila Ibu Rasa ‘Macam Tak Buat Apa-apa Hari Ni’, Ingatlah 6 Perkara Ini

Wahai Ibu, janganlah rasa sedih bila datang perasaan sebegini. Ingatlah 7 perkara ini.

1. Ibu Dah Lakukan Tugas Dengan Sempurna

Orang mungkin nampak ibu tertidur, tapi ibu sebenarnya dah bangun seawal 5 pagi. Orang mungkin nampak rumah bersepah, tapi sebenarnya ibu dah kemas rumah 4-5 kali. Orang mungkin nampak baju anak-anak comot, tapi sebenarnya mereka baru mandi dan dah salin baju 2-3 kali. Orang mungkin nampak ibu menyusu sambil berbaring dan main handphone, tapi sebenarnya itu sajalah masa yang ada untuk ibu berehat.

Percayalah ibu telah melakukan tugas anda dengan baik-baik saja. Malah, ibulah yang selalu meletakkan expectation yang tinggi untuk diri anda sendiri. Ibu bukan tak buat apa-apa, tapi ibu dah buat SEMUAnya.

2. Ibu Tak Perlu Bersaing Dengan Sesiapa

Memang ada kawan kita yang dah berjaya jadi orang kaya, ada yang berjaya buka bisnes meletup-letup, ada yang dah berhijrah ke luar negara, dan ada yang kita selalu tengok dalam TV. Kita pula? Duduk ‘terperuk’ di rumah saja setiap hari.

Mungkin ramai ibu surirumah yang selalu rasa rendah diri apabila membandingkan diri mereka dengan rakan-rakan lain. Walaupun tak glamor, tak popular, dan tak nampak ‘hasilnya’, menjadi surirumah juga adalah tugas yang mulia. Tak perlu bandingkan diri dengan sesiapa kerana keadaan dan kekangan anda semua berbeza. Lagipun, apa yang kita nampak di media sosial pun bukanlah gambaran sebenar kehidupan seseorang ya.

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3. Tak Salah Ambil Masa Untuk Berehat

Kalau ya pun ibu tak buat apa-apa hari ini, apa salahnya? Tugas seorang surirumah, seorang ibu, dan seorang isteri selama ini tak pernah ada hari cutinya. Jadi, tak salah kalau ibu mengambil sedikit masa untuk berehat agar lebih bertenaga dan gembira.

Walaupun ibu tak melakukan apa-apa, minda ibu begitu sarat dengan informasi. Ramai ibu mengalami ‘mental load’ di mana ibu sentiasa risau dan memikirkan apa yang patut dilakukan sama ada untuk anak-anak mahupun suami. Ironinya, sedikit sekali yang ibu lakukan untuk diri sendiri.

Walau apa pun alasan ibu, ‘me time’ ini sangat penting untuk keperluan badan dan otak seperti yang dinyatakan oleh Psychology Today.

pengalaman anak pertama

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4. Ibu Tak Keseorangan

Tak salah mengajak suami dan anak-anak turut serta dalam melakukan kerja rumah. Kadang-kadang kita yang terlalu memendam dan tak mahu minta bantuan. Kita lupa yang suami juga ada bahagiannya dan anak-anak juga dapat belajar banyak perkara dengan membantu di rumah.

Selain itu, dengan berbual dan meluahkan perasaan dengan suami, keluarga, rakan terdekat atau melalui komuniti serta saluran yang betul, tak mustahil ia boleh menjadikan hari anda lebih positif.

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5. ‘Other Things Can Wait’

Ibu mungkin tak mahu ketinggalan melihat anak membesar. Ibu mungkin terpaksa mengikut suami yang berpindah ke tempat kerja baru yang jauh dari tempat anda dahulu. Ibu mungkin belum berjumpa pengasuh anak yang sesuai. Ibu mungkin terpaksa menjaga anak anda dengan lebih perhatian disebabkan masalah kesihatannya.

Barangkali ada 1001 perkara yang ingin dilakukan dalam senarai yang telah lama anda impikan. Namun, semua itu boleh ditangguhkan seketika. Buat masa ini, menguruskan anak dan suami – inilah yang penting untuk anda. Jangan risau kerana akan ada masa untuk anda kejar semula apa yang anda impikan.

6. Ibu Akan Rindukan Saat Ini

Bila anak-anak tiada di sisi nanti, kita pun akan rindu pada keriuhan suara mereka. Anak-anak membesar sekejap saja. Dalam beberapa bulan atau tahun, ibu akan dapati kerja-kerja harian menjadi bertambah lancar dan senang. Jadi, hargailah masa bersama mereka sekarang ini.

Dalam sedikit masa lagi, mereka akan ke tadika, sekolah, dan seterusnya ke asrama. Di waktu itu, ibu akan dapat merangka sedikit masa untuk melakukan hal yang ibu ingin lakukan. Ramai yang mengambil kesempatan untuk berbisnes, membuat kerja separuh masa, dan ada yang telahpun selesa menjadi surirumah sepenuh masa.

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Tak Ada Sesaat Pun Terbazir Untuk Anak-anak

Setiap masa yang terluang bersama anak-anak anda adalah memori indah dalam ingatan mereka. Setiap keringat dan titik peluh ibu menguruskan suami dan anak-anak juga adalah pahala yang dicatat setiap butirnya.

Jangan anggap tugas ibu remeh walaupun seharian hanya di rumah saja. Jangan rasa sedih atau rendah diri kalau tak dipandang tinggi setaraf doktor atau engineer. Jangan anggap anda ‘tak buat apa-apa’ sebab tak ada sesaat pun yang terbazir untuk anak-anak. Hakikatnya, hanya kita yang tahu betapa penat dan sukarnya bergelar seorang ibu surirumah.

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