Adulting Is a Scam, so Here’s How to Take a Breather From It

September 9, 2022

Whether it’s capitalism stressing you day-in-day-out, or you’re just tired of being an adult, you need to unwind sometimes because adulting is a scam. Here’s how to take a breather from it all and get your juice back.

Get off social media

Life was simpler and less stressful when you didn’t know your neighbour’s first wife got a G-Wagon as a push gift. Don’t let anybody pressure you, my dear. Get offline and rest. 

How to take a breather

Sleep – plenty of sleep

Even though sleep solves nothing, at least you’ll escape all the stress for a while before adulthood sends you a smiley face once again.

How to take a breather

Buy yourself some scented candles

Nobody can explain exactly how scented candles make you feel so relaxed, but they do. Cop yourself a few and chill out from all the stress. You’ve tried.

Or make a few of them yourself

Why shell out money to buy something when you can make it yourself? Adulthood shouldn’t still be billing because you want to unwind.

How to take a breather

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Move back to your parents’ house

As one pepper-loving tribe would say, “if you can’t go forward, try going back to where you’re coming from”. If you miss that childhood peace so much, just call your parents and tell them you’re coming home for the weekend because adulthood is stressing their baby.

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Hang out with friends

No, we don’t mean go to the club and start singing Asake’s Palazzo at the top of your voice. Plan a games night, or go for a sip and paint with your friends.

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Move in with your partner

Unless your partner is one of the things stressing your life, moving in with them for a weekend might not be a bad idea. But if you stay for longer than one weekend, whatever you see, just take it like that.

Spend time around nature

Most of your stress comes from spending too much time in traffic, especially if you live in Lagos. Go on a boat cruise, or enjoy a walk along the beach and make sandcastles like you’re 15. 

Do some arts and crafts

The point here is to escape adulthood. Maybe the best way is to start doing the things you did as a child. Make a clay pot, or weave a few baskets. Something to forget that you still have capitalism to return to.


Life’s tough so you need to unwind once in a while. There’s no better place to do this than at Breather Renaissance. They offer sessions for different arts and crafts experiences like painting, pottery, tie and dye, basket weaving, and many more. Check them out at @breather.ng on Instagram and book a session.

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