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For matriculants: Tips to reduce stress about your results and enjoy your holidays.

It is nearing the end of the year and the grade 12 pupils have finished with their final examination. It is quite stressing to see the lower grades knowing their results whilst the grade 12 pupils don't know. 

Image: Grade 12s writing

Imagine spending Christmas and New year's without knowing your results, especially if you know you performed badly. The average learners worry about passing. The above average learners worry about the number of distinctions they will get. They worry about making it to the national, the provincial, district or circuit. The pressure is unbearable.

Depression due to matric results announcement is what causes suicidal attempts of many pupils.

Image: Matric certificate

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), 9.5% of teen deaths in South Africa are caused by suicide, with exam disappointment being a potential trigger.

To avoid being in the statistic, here are a few tips to help you cope with anxiety about the matric results these holidays.

1. Don't overthink.

This tip is important because most learners estimate their marks when they are home, worrying about the exam. The worry tends to cause stress, which will spoil your holidays. Try to minimise this bad habit because you might find yourself depressed.

2. If you think you failed, talk it out.

It sometimes happens that you know that you failed the exam you wrote. If you are one of those learners, don't bottle your feelings because the bottle might explode. Try to talk with someone who will listen to you vent out all your worries and frustrations. Talking helps. You might find yourself accepting your situation and looking out options.

3. Do not compare yourself to other students.

Most learners do this. They compare marks when the teacher returns their marked sheets, thus exerting pressure on themselves to perform better in the next test. Remember, not all people are built the same. Everyone is unique. Don't compare yourself to other learners because you don't know their situations. If you do, you will find yourself in trouble. Try to understand that you are not someone else.

4. Exercise.

Exercising and eating healthy reduces stress. Rome was not built in a day. If you are new at doing these things, don't beat yourself up. Jogging for one thirty minutes at least a day will get you in the mood for more exercises. Eating those greens will definitely get you in good shape for next year when you welcome those results.

5. Have fun.

Don't deprive yourself of having fun because you're wallowing in self pity and drinking from the cup of misery. You worked hard over the past twelve years to finally call yourself a matriculant. You studied extensively for your final examination. You deserve to celebrate. Spend each day of your holidays without thinking about the what ifs because what ifs are the words of the devil.

Enjoy your holidays and don't give the devil satisfaction. Belief in yourself, don't be a statistic.

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