I attended Lafiya Lifestyle Expo by She Leads Africa at Sarius Plametum in Abuja. It was an interactive event where several topics were discussed. There were talks and discussions on the art of balancing your work and personal life. There were talks on how to be healthy and how to build and establish your business and brand.
Below, I share some information discussed from the different sessions to offer you inspiration on your journey.
Building Your Business and Career
I attended a wellness circle about how to embrace your network. The main speaker of the talk was Mr. Adam Madaki.
Mr.Madaki said you have to start from your immediate network when you want to build your business and brand. We don’t always have to go beyond our reach. We can start where we are and utilize what’s available to us. This means that you can and should ask family members and friends to broadcast your services and skills.
Mr. Madaki also emphasized that you have to consider what you have to offer to others. What are the services or products that you can give? People should be able to obtain a product from you.
“Passion won’t pay the bills unless it turns to work.” – Adam Madaki
Don’t Get Emotional about Your Professional Relationships and Business
No matter the environment you find yourself in, you have to endeavor to make a good impression. Don’t ever leave things on a bad note. The way you do this is by not getting emotional about your business and the people you meet through business. You shouldn’t take things to heart.
Mr. Madaki said that all the places he worked for, he left on a good note. Therefore, he can always go back and request for a reference or recommendation from the previous companies he worked for.
How to Keep Your Mind Right
There was a discussion on mental health wellness. The moderator was Fatima Mamza and the panelists included Adetola Onayemi and Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed. They discussed how to deal with challenges that might impact your mental health.
How to Deal with Pressure
The members of the panelists agreed that you have to make sure you have time for yourself. This means you should have a “happy place.” You should ensure you’re dedicating time for the things you enjoy doing. It could be exercise, reading, movies, driving or hanging out with friends.
Also, for dealing with pressure, you have to try to always be present. We can often burden ourselves when we ruminate over the past and worry about the future. It’s best for you to be in the moment. It’s best for you to enjoy your journey because there will always be challenges along the way.
How to Deal with Feeling Alone in a New Environment
During the Q & A session, an attendant asked the panelists how young single people can work on being content when in a new environment without the comfort of family or a relationship.
The members of the panelists responded that you have to try to keep busy when in a new environment. That doesn’t mean you overwhelm yourself with work but you try to partake in activities and events where you can meet others and build friendships or a relationship. You have to make an effort to not be alone by putting yourself out there with the intent of meeting people.
How to Bounce Back from Stress
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Don’t allow yourself to remain in a negative state of mind. Do the things you can do to lift you up. This goes back to having a “happy place.” You should also try to remind yourself that nothing in life is permanent. The difficult time you are going through will pass.
Finding A Balance in Your Work and Social Life
There was a discussion on “Doing the Most: The Art of Balance.” The moderator was Matse Uwatse- Nnoli. The members of the panel included Eddie Madaki and Ogwa Iweze.
The Key to Not Taking In Too Much at Work is Delegation
The members of the panel said that in order to not have too many things on your plate, you need to delegate. This means you need to identify the members in your team to give certain tasks to. That way, you’re not doing everything all at once that you don’t have time for yourself.
Have a Good Circle of People Around You for Your Happiness
In order to have some balance in your life, it’s good to have a circle of people that you like and trust. It’s good to have people that you can run things by and just enjoy their company.
Those are some tips that I gained from the event. My favorite advice is in the picture below. “It’s not who you are that holds you back but who you think you are not.” Is there a favorite advice you’ve been given or have given to others? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment.