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Reflections on the Long Break

Submitted by Editor on 21 June 2024

By Aishat Sanusi

As Nigeria recently embarked on a well-deserved extended break, the anticipation was palpable. Students and professionals alike eagerly counted down the days, ready to bid farewell to the daily grind and indulge in some much-needed relaxation. The break was a chance to unwind, recharge, and rediscover passions and interests outside of work and school.

But, as the break drew to a close, mixed emotions began to surface. The excitement of resuming normal life was tempered by the dread of leaving behind the comfort and tranquility of the hiatus. The thought of diving back into the hustle and bustle of daily life, with its deadlines, meetings, and exams, was daunting.

The heebie-jeevies of getting back into the swing of things can be overwhelming. Routines are rusty, and the momentum built up before the break seems lost. It's like starting from scratch, and the pressure to catch up can be intense. However, this transition also presents an opportunity to reboot and refocus. It's a chance to reassess priorities, set new goals, and reignite passions.


As we settle back into our routines, it's essential to remember what truly matters: family and relationships. The break provided a chance to reconnect with loved ones, strengthen bonds, and create lasting memories. We shared laughter, stories, and moments that will be etched in our hearts forever. Let's not lose sight of these connections as we dive back into our busy lives. Make time for the people who bring joy and support, and prioritize nurturing those relationships.

To maintain the flow after the break:

- Set realistic goals and pace yourself. Don't try to tackle everything at once.
- Re-establish routines gradually. Ease into your schedule, and be gentle with yourself.
- Schedule time for self-care and relaxation. Remember, taking care of yourself is essential to productivity and happiness.
- Reflect on lessons learned during the break and apply them to your daily life. What did you discover about yourself? What new habits do you want to form?

The long break served as a reminder that life is precious, and time with loved ones is invaluable. As we resume our daily lives, let's hold onto the spirit of connection, rejuvenation, and purpose. Embrace the reboot, and make this new beginning a catalyst for growth, joy, and fulfillment.

By doing so, we'll transform the post-break blues into a fresh start, filled with excitement, hope, and a renewed sense of purpose. Welcome back, Nigeria! Let's make this new beginning count!