A medical doctor, Dr. Moses Alao, has listed some of the things Nigerian journalists should be doing to live well and long.
He said that the first thing is for them to maintain a balanced lifestyle by engaging in physical exercise as well as working and eating to live.
Alao, who is a staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, spoke at the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists South-West Zonal lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday.
Speaking on the theme: “Work-Life Balance,” Alao advised journalists to always see life from the perspective of success.
“One needs balance in life in spite of life’s challenges. Always do periodic health check up, find ways to distance yourself from the things that cause stress, learn to manage time and avoid procrastination.
“Share your load; get your partner or other family members to help you with personal and family responsibilities. Also, always find a way to simplify your life.
“Learn to choose less taskful works; take little things to do at a time, prioritize ruthlessly, always do daily database, etc.”
The Oyo State NUJ Chairman, Gbenga Opadotun, said that most journalists are more engrossed in their assignments than in paying attention to their health.
“I will, therefore, urge you to learn from the lecture on how to manage stress and avoid unnecessary death,” Opadotun said.
Earlier, the NAWOJ Vice President for Zone B, Fola Ade-Adeniji, called on journalists to care for their lives even as they take their work to heart.
Ade-Adeniji promised to always support the Oyo NAWOJ as her own zone.
In her address, Lola Foluso, the Oyo State NAWOJ Chairperson, appealed to members to partner in building a great association.
“We should come together as one; the association is beyond individuals and we need to support the leaders no matter our differences,” Foluso said.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, represented by High Chief Lekan Alabi, challenged journalists to be disciplined and to always uphold the noble profession.
“Always wait for your time in life; whatever will be will be,” Adetunji said.
Highlights of the event included investiture of matrons and patrons and the presentation of awards of recognition to Alao and the Iyalode of Remoland, Kessington Adebutu. [myad]