Hustle and Bubble: Balancing Naija Hustle with Me-Time

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The Nigerian hustle culture is definitely second to none. It’s as if everyone from here wasn’t given a shot of energy, straight out of the womb. Everyone is literally on the move twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. As early as 5am in a state like Lagos, men and women have filled the street on the way to get their daily bread. It’s a culture that we’ve adopted personally.

We have dreams, goals, aspirations and we pursue it like our lives depend on it, in whatever way that looks like. Now don’t forget that we constantly have to face challenges as individuals and citizens whose government is not a cooperative one for the most part. 

The hustle could easily become overwhelming and if you don’t take a break, you will break down. 

That’s why in the midst of this fast-paced environment, we’ve found ways to take a pause and have something for ourselves, for our own peace of mind:

We unplug from social media. In a world where we’re constantly connected, it’s important that we take a break from social media. We set aside some time to put our phone down, disconnect from the online world, and focus on ourselves. 

We let go of the stress through some self care. Whether it’s getting a massage, taking a long bath or even treating ourselves to a new outfit, indulging in self-care activities is what we need to help us relax and rejuvenate. 

Whatever it is that you enjoy doing is exactly what we want you to do as often as possible. We enjoy chasing our dreams but there’s no harm in taking some time to relax before we head back out for the grind. So, go ahead, take a break, and come back stronger than ever.


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