7 Stress Management Tips You Need To Survive Nigeria

February 24, 2020

Stress management in Nigeria sounds ironic as if you can manage all the stress Nigeria throws at you. It’s like driving with a blindfold – it just doesn’t make sense. That’s how a typical day in Nigeria is.

However, if you follow these tested and trusted tips, Nigeria won’t kill you. You will kill it instead.

Shall we?

1) Don’t watch the News.

Seriously, watching the news especially Nigerian news is a risk factor for high blood pressure. There are just so many ridiculous things happening all at once that the country feels like it is burning. You don’t need that energy.

stress management world burning

2) If you watch the News, regard it as comedy.

If you must watch the news, take it as a parody. Don’t take it too seriously so you don’t get worked up.

Odunlade stress management

3) When in stress, chant Mafo.

If it gets overwhelming, as it happens occasionally, look into a mirror and chant *mafo three times. That usually does the trick.

Obama stress management

*Mafo – Don’t panic.

4) Let your house be as close to your office as possible.

It’s important that one of the things you get right as a Nigerian is the proximity of your office to the house. At least remove one more stressor from your life and when work gets tiring, go home for a nap.

5) Always thank the Government for any success you make.

If you are an entrepreneur or a disruptor, make sure that any success you get, you attribute it to Government policy. Even if you provided your light, water, etc. Never annoy the Government if you still want to be in business longterm. Save yourself from stress today and thank the Government.

6) Develop a thick skin.

No matter what is currently happening, always know it can be worse. Don’t let anything move you too much because something always more unbelievable will top it.

7) If all fails, Jaapa.

You didn’t kill your parents so don’t allow this country kill you. Pack your stuff and leave for better.

Aki and paw paw stress management

Did you miss this? You should read this.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

April 9, 2020

At some point in life, we all learnt that someone can be very intelligent and still lack common sense. That’s the difference between being book smart and being street smart. If you’re not sure where on the spectrum you fall, well, that’s what this quiz is here to tell you. Take it:

April 3, 2020

While the rest of the world loves to treat our continent like a country, there are actually 54 African countries. So, in a bid to test your knowledge (and educate you), we’ve created a quiz to see how many of their capitals you can correctly name. Go ahead:

December 5, 2019

We already tried to guess how much you have in your account and your current net worth, and we think we did a pretty great job (keep any complaints to yourself). Now, we’re going to try and guess your monthly salary based on your relationship with money. Oya, take the quiz: 11 Timed Quizzes For […]

how tall are you
March 11, 2020

Did your parents give you enough beans when you were growing up? If they did, then you’re probably around 6’0″ and above. Either way, we created a quiz that can guess your current height (pretty accurately, if we do say so ourselves). Take to see if we nailed it:

More from Inside Life

May 5, 2022

“I hate the internal conflict that comes with the holiday. Why am I even celebrating? Do I agree with most of the teachings and doctrines? Am I still a Muslim? I’d also love to celebrate knowing that I am fully accepted, not tolerated, and loved by my family, regardless of my identity.”

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X