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Psychologist proffers stress therapy @OSU/OOU Alumni meet'23 - ITREALMS

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The Head, Psychological Services at the Federal Nero-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba in Lagos State, Dr. Omotayo Ajirotutu has proffered some solutions on how to manage stress therapy, reports 
Psychologist proffers stress therapy @OSU/OOU Alumni meet'23 - ITREALMS
Giving a health talk at the 2023 end of year party of the old students of Ogun State University/Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OSU/OOU) Lagos State Chapter held at S4TC Hall, LSDPC medium Estate phrase4, Ogba, Ikeja recently, Dr. Ajirotutu mentioned work-related stress as one area which people must taken cognizance of and work around to checkmate.

He identified stress as a major part in every day's life which affect ones mental health cum productivity at work.

Dr. Ajirotutu cited common triggers that could lead to individual developing mental or emotional problems as loss of a loved one, major illness of a family member or friend, unemployment, poverty, pressure at work, risk of job termination which can affect productivity at work.

Equally, the Head Psychological Services, listed stress symptoms to include memory loss, constant worry, inability or difficulty to concentrate, body weakness, quick to anger, sense of loneliness, depression, loss of sexual drive, individual eating more or less, keeping to one’s self, sleep difficulty among others.

Dr. Ajirotutu proffered methods to cope with the symptoms as a working individual to safeguard the mind by time management, create a balanced schedule, establish boundaries with your work, prioritize your work and do not over-commit yourself.

"At times, among your staff, some people over-commit themselves, once your colleagues identify that you cannot say "No" they take advantage of you and start pilling work on your table," he decried.

Dr. Ajirotutu, then prescribed what he tagged A-Z strategy which includes avoid emotional stress, spend 30 minutes with yourself, cut off toxic relationship, spending time with your spouse, daily exercise, eat like a king in the morning, prince at noon and like a pauper at night, forgive and forget bad experience, judge your goals and performance, love your spouse, siblings, children, colleagues, spend time to meditate, play your favourite instruments/music, quit smoking/alcohol, strengthen relationship at work, give yourself a treat once a month, worry less over what you cannot control, express yourself to the fullest et-cetera.

Earlier in his welcome speech, the Chairman OSU/OOU Alumni Lagos State Chapter, Olabode Seriki appreciated the host and attendees for the awesome moments.

Seriki recalled the financial contributions of some members during the fund raising few months ago in which N22 million was raised for the 44 units hostel, urging others to be part of this noble project.

"About five months ago, we raised funds to build hostel, the project has started and requires more financial contributions, whatever you put in the alumni is not a waste because no amount is small," he urged.

He equally recognised the attainments of four chapter members to the national position after a successful elections at Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State.

In addition, the Project Coordinator for the Hostel, Alhaji Lukman Idris said, its is an alumni national project which needs collective contributions, as the aim is to build an ideal hostel for the students with solar-powered library for effective usage.

Idris called for more financial contributions to aid the completion of the hostel as the cost of materials skyrockets, giving instance of the initial estimates four years ago which was placed at N60 million while the same projects gulped 420 million presently and deserved every chapter contributions.

"Four years ago during the the time of Dr Makinde, the estimate was N60 million for the same unit, today it's N420 million. The longer we're on the project, the higher the cost," he reminded.

Idris assured that the initial N22 million raised was being put to effective use as a borehole has been sunk (drilled) while the trenches are ready for foundation by end of the month for the starts of the 44-units hostel.

Equally the OSU/OOU chapter, Social Secretary, Mrs Folashade Ojo Motunmori reminded the members of a quarterly meeting next year.

Psychologist proffers stress therapy @OSU/OOU Alumni meet'23 - ITREALMS
ITREALMS gathered that over 100 alumnae attended the end of year party which was host by TPL Lion, Chief Soledotun AbdulKarim.

Highlights of the events included music rendition, health talks, suggestions by the alumnae on making a crest for recognition of old students, directory of OSU/OOU current/old students, recognition of the four national executives Vice President Akogun Jamiu Alabi (Olododo); General Secretary, Deacon Oluseyi Olubanjo,JP; Financial Secretary, Dayo Amusa, and Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) Mr. Dayo Olorode.

Gbemi Omotoso/Editor

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