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Understanding and Coping with Stress in Nigeria: A Call for Resilience and Support

Understanding and Coping with Stress in Nigeria: A Call for Resilience and Support

January 2024

As we entered the new year, January not only marked the beginning of a fresh start but also served as Stress Awareness Month, shedding light on the importance of mental well-being in the face of life’s challenges. Stress is a common experience that affects individuals in various ways, and in the context of Nigerian society, the sources of stress are multifaceted.

In Nigeria, numerous factors contribute to the high levels of stress experienced by its citizens. From economic instability and financial pressures to political uncertainties and social unrest, the daily struggles faced by Nigerians can take a toll on their mental health. The current economic situation in the country, characterized by inflation, unemployment, and limited access to basic amenities, adds an extra layer of stress to people’s lives.

To cope with the stress of the economic situation in Nigeria, it is essential for individuals to prioritize self-care and seek support from their social networks. Engaging in stress-relieving activities such as exercise, meditation, and spending time with loved ones can help alleviate the negative effects of stress. Additionally, practicing mindfulness and seeking professional help when needed can provide valuable coping strategies.

In these challenging times, it is crucial to remind Nigerians that giving up is not the best option. Resilience and perseverance are key qualities that can help individuals navigate through tough times and emerge stronger. By fostering a sense of community and solidarity, Nigerians can support each other in overcoming adversity and building a brighter future together.

Furthermore, I urge the government to prioritize the emotional and mental well-being of the masses by ensuring the provision of basic amenities and support services. Access to healthcare, education, and social welfare programs can play a significant role in alleviating stress and promoting mental wellness among the population. By investing in these areas, the government can contribute to creating a healthier and more resilient society.

As we move forward into the new year, let us remember that mental health is a fundamental aspect of our overall well-being. By acknowledging the challenges, we face, seeking support when needed, and advocating for better resources and services, we can work together to build a more mentally healthy and resilient Nigeria.

Remember, you are not alone in your struggles, and there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow. Let us stand together, support one another, and strive for a healthier and happier future for all.

Stay strong, stay resilient, and remember that better days are ahead.

Together, we can overcome.


Mrs. Oluseyi Elizabeth Odudimu is a mental health advocate and the founder of the Stop Mental Illness Foundation. With a solid academic background, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness about mental health issues and providing support to individuals suffering from mental illness. Mrs. Odudimu is also a published author, mentor, and a loving mother and wife. Her tireless efforts have earned her numerous accolades and honors, making her a true role model and a beacon of hope for those affected by mental illness.

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