It’s another day of work. Sigh. Is it just you or was that an unusually short night? You gather yourself together and get dressed for work. The most annoying part of having to go to work is having to use public transportation. Whether, you decide to go by bus or by cab, you just know you will have to struggle with fat women pushing up on you with their big butts, sweaty men trying to put you under their armpits and bus conductors acting like they don’t owe you change. And this is all before 7am! You always arrive at the office tired and angry and it affects your work. This is no way to start your day so here are a few tips on how you can survive your daily sanity-threatening rides to work:
1. Early to bed, Early to work:
If your trip to the office is a long one, you need to wake up in good time. Getting to the office in good time helps you relax a little before the day starts. Going straight into work from the anger and frustration of the road will be detrimental to your productivity and interaction with your colleagues at work. Get in early, take a deep breath and calm yourself down before you start your work day.
2. Stay calm:
As a Nigerians, it is your right to always be angry. Nobody will blame you, matter of fact, you’ll blend right in! It is quite common to see normal people acting like mad men in this country, especially in public transportation. You, however can choose to be the exception. Before you get into any vehicle, make a decision to be calm no matter what happens. You don’t need to be rude to other passengers or get angry at the conductor over your change to prove a point, it’ll only stress you out. Whatever happens, decide you won’t get angry. You may slip up sometimes, but practice makes perfect.
3. Make music your best friend:
In addition to playing soothing or uplifting music, headphones block out the noise and help you mind your business. If you are a regular user of public transport, you will know that there are always conversations that will get you riled up. Listen to songs that uplift your spirit. Create the ultimate playlist of the most enjoyable songs you know and enjoy them on the ride to work.
4. Read a book:
Hold on to a good book if you’re not in the mood for music. If you don’t have the time to read when you’re at the office or when you go back home, the ride to work is a good time. Start that book you never seem to have time to read or catch up on the news from the internet. Browse through your favorite blog or better still write a book. You don’t have to be a writer to pen down a few words. There are so many stories that you can get when you’re in public transport. All you need to do is observe.
5. Kindness not tolerance:
Cultivate the quality of being kind. Being tolerant is superficial because it means you are nice to people because you have to be and not because you want to be. When you”re kindhearted, you can handle even the angriest Nigerian no matter how mean or rude they are and you will not be stressed out at all.