Mr. Universe Nigeria impacts young people on anxiety
For the purpose of making the younger generation to appreciate the importance of being aware and in control of their mental health, Mr. Universe Nigeria, Michael Adebowale, has visited students of Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos.
This is in commemoration of the 2023 Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme ‘Anxiety’. During the visit, he explained to the students that anxiety is a normal emotion but could get out of control and become a mental health problem, which is then regarded as a ‘disorder’.
Adebowale, a native of Kogi State and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Lagos, further explained: “Different things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures and relationships. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, but anxiety can be made easier to manage.”
He also took the students on some basic steps with which to cope with anxiety, including focusing on breathing as it helps control the thoughts.
“Anxiety can lead us to think about things over again, this is called ‘rumination’ and it’s not helpful. When you catch yourself ruminating, try to write down the thought and to challenge it. Is what you’re worrying about likely to happen? Are you being realistic? Have you had similar thoughts, which have not turned into reality? This can make it easier to challenge the thoughts and stop them from overwhelming you,” he added.
His interactive session with the students was followed with numerous questions to which he gave explanatory answers. He also received appreciation from the school’s management for his thoughtful effort to impact young minds.