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Mental Health Matters: 3 Tips for Managing Stress & Anxiety

Sterling Bank
Published: May 30, 2024

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Being a young adult in Nigeria today is an intense experience. Our generation is experiencing life in a way that is completely different from the generations before us. For example,



  • To keep their heads above water, many young Nigerians are forced to juggle multiple jobs. A 2023 NOI Polls survey found a staggering 62% of young adults (aged 18-35) rely on side hustles or hold down multiple jobs to make ends meet.


  • Reaching traditional financial milestones – like making your first million – seems like a distant dream for many young Nigerians in this economic climate.

A man with his hands covering his face appears to be distressed or overwhelmed, sitting with a pained expression

The pressure is getting ‘wesser’ and it is not just leading to stress and anxiety – it’s also manifesting in worrying trends like a rise in high blood pressure among young adults.

While the climb to success in Nigeria feels steeper than ever, it’s crucial to prioritize your well-being. Here are some ways to manage stress and anxiety so you can keep chasing your dreams with a clear head and a healthy body.


Exercise RegularlyA smiling young woman with curly hair, wearing a bright pink t-shirt and black leggings, sits stretching on the floor of a gym with exercise equipment visible in the background

Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Even a brisk walk or a short jog can boost your mood, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall sense of well-being. Find activities you enjoy, whether it’s dancing to Afrobeats, playing football with friends, or going to the gym. Healthbanc’s iFitness package makes it even easier. It gives you access to a variety of subscription options at a discount, so you can find the perfect fit for your fitness goals and budget.



Prioritize Eating Healthy

The image shows a plate with a balanced and colorful meal. It contains white rice, grilled chicken breast, sautéed zucchini slices, diced tomatoes, cubed carrots, and a side of green lettuce leaves. A fork is placed next to the plate on a beige cloth napkin or placemat against a light blue backgroundEating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can improve your mood, energy levels, and focus. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to reach for sugary or processed foods, but these can worsen anxiety and leave you feeling sluggish. Explore Healthbanc’s healthy meal plans and discover health-centered dishes that will nourish your body and mind for the challenges ahead.



Laugh It Off

Laughter is a natural stress reliever. Make time for activities that bring you joy, whether it is watching comedy shows, spending time with loved ones who make you laugh, listening to funny podcasts, or pursuing a creative hobby. Don’t be afraid to let loose and have some fun – it’s a vital part of managing stress and maintaining emotional well-being.





While the road ahead `may be tough, young Nigerians are known for their resilience. By incorporating these stress-busting practices into your life, you’ll not only weather the storm but emerge stronger and ready to conquer your goals.

Ready to level up your health and well-being?

Sign up to Healthbanc, a preventive healthcare platform that offers discounted gym memberships, healthy meal plans, and diagnostic testing.

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