Lifestyle – HTV https://htv.com.pk Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:24:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pros And Cons Of Living In A Joint Family https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/pros-cons-living-joint-family Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:55:48 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=14709

Concept of joint family dates way back, Huge haweli with kids running in and out,

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Concept of joint family dates way back, Huge haweli with kids running in and out, dinner on a 20 seater table and loads of drama; this is the image drama serials have given us of joint families. There might be some similarities between the serials and real life joint families, rest assured there is no dramatic music in the background when your mother gets into an argument with your chachi.

As time is changing, people prefer to live in nuclear family that is with spouse and children (bache). Living in a joint family has its own benefits and drawbacks. It depends on the head of the family to decide what kind of life they want to give to their family.

Advantages of Living in a Joint Family

  1. You get better chance of interacting with your extended family and get to know them better. It also gives a better base to the individual. It makes children more social and they learn to deal with different kinds of people. Children never feel neglected and the parents can rely on grand parents to look after them if needed.
  2. A joint family gives an environment where an individual’s ethics and thought process form a good shape. Grandparents play a special role in teaching children ground rules about how to treat others. Children growing under grand-parents’ supervision have a balanced set of mind with regard to behavior such as obedience,sacrifice, selflessness,sympathy and other important values.
  3. children grow up to be emotionally stronger and mature than children growing in nuclear families. They also tend to build a stronger conscience. They have a sense of unity and affection.
  4. In a nuclear family the head of the family is alone responsible for finance. In a joint family there is more economical support. There is more efficient use of resources and burden is divided amongst a few people rather than just one person. They might also stand by each other in times of crisis.
  5. Females can divide household chores according to skills and abilities of each. This also makes house hold efficient and a better check can be kept on any maids or servants working in the house.

Disadvantages of Living in a Joint Family

  1. Grandparents usually tend to follow old customs and expect children to follow them too. This leads to lack of modernization in the family and they tend to think less practically. They believe in cultural bonds too strongly which makes them less liberal and their children have problems coping with the modern world outside the society.
  2. In a joint family set up, there is no sense of privacy and it is difficult to have a personal life without involvement of others.
  3. Living in a joint family can also be a little emotionally exhausting as there are more chances of getting involved into senseless arguments based on misunderstanding and jealousy amongst family members.

Living in a joint family has its own benefits.  If you need a peaceful life with no interference of others in your life and want to take full responsibility of bringing up your children and looking after your family then nuclear family is the right choice for you. However, if you are more of a family person enjoy company most of the time and do not mind sharing your stuff then you probably will not face issues living with your extended family.

 

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10 surprising uses of ‘Phitkari’ you never knew https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/10-surprising-uses-phitkari-never-knew Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:14:00 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=19545 10 Surprising Uses Of ‘Phitkari’ You Never Knew

All of us are familiar with the word ‘phitkari’ (Alum) as it is very well known for water purification and shave treatment, but none of us have any idea about its magical powers. Phitkari can do wonders with skin, face and it is also used for health purposes. In the market it is easily available in powder form or block form.

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10 Surprising Uses Of ‘Phitkari’ You Never Knew

All of us are familiar with the word ‘phitkari’ (Alum) as it is very well known for water purification and shave treatment, but none of us have any idea about its magical powers. Alum can do wonders to the skin, face and it is also used for health purposes. In the market it is easily available in powder form or block form.

1. For Treating Acne and Pimples

For all the girls having acne or small pimple on the face is, indeed, the worst nightmare, but if I tell you phitkari can fight acne and pimple. It does sound amazing, no? All you are going to do is mix some phitkari powder with water and make a fine paste. Apply the paste on the affected area, leave it for 20 minutes and wash it with water. In order to get rid of acne, use this paste on a daily basis and you will be amazed by the results.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We all have different skins and their sensitivity is also different. Before using any remedy, make sure you check whether your face is accepting it or not, if you feel any kind of irritation or burning, wash your face immediately. In order to check the product, always use paste on a small part of the face and then cover the entire face if your face accepts it.

2. For Skin Tightening

Having a saggy and loose skin is indeed a big problem and this problem increases as you age. Alum again is here to save you from it, and the use of phitkari gives you a tight shiny skin. Make a paste of phitkari powder with water and apply it on the face. Leave it for half an hour and wash it with water. You can also use rose water and egg white for more amazing results.

3. For Wrinkles

Again, phitkari is all set to fight another face problem. Phitkari can be effectively used for wrinkles. Take a piece of it (solid), wet it and rub it on your face slowly for some time. Wash your face with rose water and use a moisturizer.

4. For Dark Underarms

Due to the use of hair removal creams your white underarm turns dark. Using a paste of phitkari with rose water (weekly) on the affected area can bring back your white underarm.

5. For fighting dandruff

Phitkari can fight dandruff which is another big problem in our lives. Mix a small pinch of phitkari and salt with shampoo and use it to wash your head. You will feel a drastic change in your hair.

NOTE: Do not use a lot of phitkari.

6. For Hair Removal

What if I tell whatever you are reading is actually true? You must be shocked at the moment, but this is true. In ancient times women used to use phitkari paste for the Removal of unwanted hair. Mix ½ tsp of phitkari with 1 tsp of rose water and apply it on the part where you want to remove hair. If you feel the paste is dried, sprinkle some rose water. Leave it for half an hour and wash with water.

You can use this paste after waxing or threading as phitkari helps reduce or slow hair growth.

7. For Treating Lice

In order to get rid of lice, make a paste of phitkari water and oil. Apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it for some time. You will soon get rid of all the lice.

8. For Cracked Heels

You have been ignoring your feet and now you have got cracked heels? No worries, phitkari is all set to do some magic to your heels. In order to get rid of cracked heels, heat phitkari in an empty bowl. When heated it liquefies and foams. Once all the water evaporates, we get crumbly mixture. Let it cool. Mix this powder with coconut oil and use on the affected area.

9. For Canker Soles

In order to treat canker soles, put a small pinch of phitkari over the sole and leave it for 30 seconds.  Wash it off thoroughly. Repeat this act 2-3 times daily till your soles are cured.

10. Use as Deodorant

This must be new for all of you. Because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties alum is used as a deodorant. Just wet a phitkari block and use it. It is advised to use it alternate days instead of daily.

Phitkari is indeed a gift that is given to the mankind. Make it a part of your life and many of your problems will be solved.

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5 Reasons you should try Cupping Therapy (Hijama) https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/5-reasons-try-cupping-therapy-hijama Tue, 18 Feb 2020 04:16:14 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24568 5 Reasons you should try Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

Cupping or Hijama is a technique that is gaining popularity these days;

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5 Reasons you should try Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

Cupping or Hijama is a technique that is gaining popularity these days; presumably this technique is able to cure almost any ailment from joint pains to cancer. As modern medicine has moved forward leaps and bounds the traditional technique of cupping or Hijama is still considered better than traditional medicine. Hijama is a sunnat and can be performed on any day; however, according to the teachings of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) one should have Hijama done on the 17th, 19th and 21st of each month.

1. Massage

Cupping therapy or Hijama is considered a type of massage and has one key difference, taking out of blood. During the cupping therapy, just like a massage the person feels refreshed and pure, as the technique helps remove the infected blood from the body. For people who do not know how Hijama is done here is a quick explanation:

  1. During the process the person will be asked to lie face down on a table with their shirt off.
  2. After that, glass cups will be taken they will be heated and placed on a pressure point of the body.
  3. These points have veins that carry dirty blood.
  4. When place on the particular pressure points, the cups suck the skin and make a large blob.
  5. After that the person who does Hijama will make a cut on your skin (which does not hurt) and then place the heated cup again which will suck all of the bad blood in the cup.
  6. The process is said to be purifying and helps the body to relax and it is a cure for many infections and diseases as well.

2. Detox

In an age where each individual can be seen detoxifying there body to remove the junk from it, Hijama surprisingly does the same thing. In several circumstances such as poor circulation of the blood in our veins, can result in several bacteria and toxins buildup and this can result in severe effects on the body. Cupping or Hijama can help remove all the impure blood from the body, so that the body is free from toxins and bacteria and is safe from infections. That is why when a person receives the cupping therapy they are often asked to drink lots of water to flush away any excess impurities still left in the body.

3. Anti-aging

Hijama can help slow down the aging process of the body. Cupping therapy is known to stop this process as it can drastically improve the circulation and improve body functions. The fresh blood that flows through the body actually helps the muscles and our tissues receive the proper oxygen and specific nutrients properly. After a few therapies the body starts to feel relaxed and regain its original strength. Cupping is also done on the face-a small mark can help your face remove the signs of aging from your face.

4. Healing

Cupping therapy is mostly used to heal the body, from sore muscles, to inflammation in the body, Hijama can cure all. Usually the inflammation that happens in the body is due to the body trying desperately to cure the injury. Hijama can help draw blood faster to the injured area and new blood vessels are created and healing is quicker. This is the reason why many athletes are seen to use the cupping therapy as a way to build muscle tissues and stamina and heal ailments and muscle problems.

5. Health and Wellness

Hijama or cupping therapy can help remove pains, help the body rejuvenate and get a burst of energy. Cupping can help remove stress and other mental problems as well. Hijama can also help relieve depression and anxiety. It is an overall cure which must be tried however, not everyone can do cupping properly therefore, check the authenticity of a cupping expert before taking on the therapy.

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4 Ways That Can Stop You From Falling Asleep At Work https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/falling-asleep-at-work Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:53:01 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=54869

Anyone who has ever maintained a job where they have to wake up early can attest to how sleepy and tired you can be in the morning. In fact, even the rest of the day, leaving you unable to focus on work properly. Fortunately, there are tons of ways you can keep yourself f awake […]

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Anyone who has ever maintained a job where they have to wake up early can attest to how sleepy and tired you can be in the morning. In fact, even the rest of the day, leaving you unable to focus on work properly. Fortunately, there are tons of ways you can keep yourself f awake and alert at work.

Move around while working

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Even if you have a desk job, try to get up and walk around as much as possible while reading paperwork, bringing your co-workers important documents or walking to a restaurant during your lunch break. Moving around pumps oxygen through your body and makes you more energized.

Related: How To Deal With Migraines At Work

Try to divert your eyes from your screen whenever you can

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Don’t look at screens for too long, because that can tire your eyes even more and make you sleepier. Keep diverting your eyes and looking at your surroundings so that your eyes don’t get too fatigued.

Talk to your colleagues/friends

Talking to people can boost your energy and wake your mind up, so talk to your co-workers and office friends and keep conversations going.

Related: Healthy Snacks To Have At Work

Don’t keep the lights too high or too low

If the lights in your place of work are too high or too low, they’ll either hurt your eyes or make you feel drowsy, which will make you feel sleepier. It’s best to keep them at a neutral level or let natural sunlight in to wake you up and energise you.

Staying healthy and focused is an important part of work life. These tips will definitely help you in achieving that and make sure that you are not exhausted when you return home from work!

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4 Things Men Are Tired Of Hearing For Doing House Work https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/4-things-men-are-tired-of-hearing Sat, 05 Oct 2019 13:39:17 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=54165

We live in a society where there is unfortunately a clear divide among gender roles. When it comes to the kitchen and doing house work, women are expected to do all the work. Even girls as little as six years old are expected to work in the kitchen. This could mean doing as little as […]

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We live in a society where there is unfortunately a clear divide among gender roles. When it comes to the kitchen and doing house work, women are expected to do all the work. Even girls as little as six years old are expected to work in the kitchen. This could mean doing as little as setting the dinner table or heating the food in the microwave oven.

And when it comes to men, they are expected to be the breadwinners and do all the house work that involves going out, like getting roti and dahi. On and let’s not forget all the dupattas they get peeko-ed.

However, despite that there are men who want to do housework and women who go out themselves to get their work done but at the cost of getting mocked. While women have faced their fair share of mockery, men too are not spared.

Here are four things that men are tired of hearing for doing house work. Let’s say it again, TIRED, so please stop:

‘Aurton ka kaam mat karo’

Men who like to cook at home are often called out by their own family members for working in the kitchen. Even though we have no idea what this even means, they are told ‘aurton ke kaam mat karo’, like it’s women’s birth right to do housework. Seriously?

Statements like these discourage men to do any work let alone cook even when they want to.

‘Jorun ka gulam ban gaye ho’

When women listen to their spouses and help them with the housework or, more often than not, singlehandedly do all of it, they are never dissed for it.

But men, on the other hand, are made fun of if they are seen helping their significant other with house work. Their friends and family often taunt them by saying ‘yeh toh jorun ka gulam ban gaya hai’.

‘Ask your sister to do the work’

This, we as sisters, have also unfortunately heard our moms telling our brothers. Just when our brothers are about to step foot in the kitchen, there is a voice that yells ‘behen se manglo’.

Our moms won’t even be around the kitchen but they would magically know their laadla beta is about to enter the kitchen.

‘Get married to get help with housework’

We Pakistanis think that marriage is the solution for everything. Even if, it really is not. But let’s forget logic, shall we?

Hence, when male members of our households become adults and start doing their own work, like ironing their own clothes and making their own bed, instead of acknowledging that these are basic life skills everyone should know about, the society believes it’s time to get them married.

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