Maternity leave is over: Getting ready for the office

From tackling wardrobe dilemmas to boosting self-esteem, we help you sashay back into the workforce with sureness.

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Almost to the end of your maternity leave? Mentally, you've been bracing for the transition to working mum... But what else can you do to boost your spirits and your can-do attitude?

Best foods to eat

• Avoid sugar

Excess sugar converts straight to fat in your body and gets stored around your stomach. Snack on nuts or fruit instead.

• Cut back on coffee

Excess caffeine releases the stress hormone, cortisol, which increases fat storage around the stomach.

• Take a fish-oil supplement

Studies show it helps your body to burn more fat around your mid-section.

• Eat plenty of lean protein

Try grilled chicken and turkey. Protein takes far longer to digest than carbohydrates, so more calories are burnt during digestion and you will feel full for longer.

• Increase your magnesium intake

Eat greens like broccoli and spinach — they curb sugar cravings by helping to keep blood-sugar levels steady.  

Eat greens like broccoli and spinach — they curb sugar cravings by helping to keep blood-sugar levels steady.

Best clothing tips

Hiding the unsightly belly bulge

Avoid stiff fabrics. For a slimmer silhouette, pick dark-coloured outfits.

Distract from your tummy

Choose necklaces with large pendants to accent your outfit’s neckline. Try a fabric brooch as it acts as a focal point, drawing one’s eyes to your face and takes attention away from the tummy.

•  Picking the right shapewear

Full-body shapers are a great choice if you must wear form-fitting dresses, while high-waisted shapewear smooths out any lumps and bumps, especially if you have a “muffin top”.

Maternity wear — keep or dump

Keep dresses with empire or A-line designs, but ditch shapeless, tent-like outfits.

Advice by Joanne Lim, founder and chief image coach of Image Success Pte Ltd, an image-consultancy firm.

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