Make element fill container vertically, AND have text vertically aligned

Tell us what’s happening:
I have some nav-links in this navbar. I’d like the link elements to fill the navbar vertically, so that they were easier to click. When I have “height: 100%” it does fill vertically, but then the text stays at the top of the element, which is not as visually appealing. Ideally I’d like a fix that works even if I adjust the height of the navbar.

I’ve tried “vertical-align: middle;” but it isn’t working for some reason.

Are there any easy solutions to this? Thank you for your time ;_;

Your code so far

<!-- file: index.html -->
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css">

      <nav id="navbar">
        <a id="nav-link"  class="nav-link" href="#about">About</a>
        <a id="nav-link" class="nav-link" href="#video">Video</a>
        <a id="nav-link" class="nav-link" href="#credits">Credits</a>
        <a id="nav-link" class="nav-link" href="#email">Email</a>
/* file: styles.css */
* {
  box-sizing: border-box;
  margin: 0;

#navbar {
  background-color: powderblue;
  display: grid;
  grid-auto-flow: column;
  grid-template-columns: 5fr 1fr 1fr 1fr 1fr;
  text-align: center;
  align-items: center;
  height: 50px;

#nav-link {
  color: white;
  background-color: gray;
  text-decoration: none;
  text-align: center;
  align-items: center;
  font-size: 1.2rem;

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I’ve found a solution. I’m using “display:flex”, “justify-content: center”, and “height: 100%” on my link elements. It works.

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