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As matric results loom just a week away, anxiety levels are spiking for many school leavers. While some excitement is expected, prolonged stress and uncertainty about the future can take a toll. Here are tips to cope healthfully while awaiting your fateful results.
Firstly, surround yourself with peers experiencing the same anticipatory angst. Sharing these big feelings with friends going through the same situation can provide comfort and perspective. You’re not alone in navigating this transition.
Try to focus your attention on hobbies, interests or part-time work. Keeping busy with positive distractions can prevent obsessive fixation on potential results. Exercise, quality time with loved ones or earning extra money can all help manage stress.
Don’t ignore or suppress your feelings – face them directly. Journal about your emotions and how they physically manifest. Addressing them constructively can prevent bigger issues from developing internally.
Remember that your worth as a person is not defined by matric results. You have innate value beyond any grade. Keep sight of your self-confidence and don’t allow external measures to dictate your self-image.
While easier said than done, try to adopt a calm, optimistic mindset. Visualize yourself reacting to any result with grace, maturity and level-headedness. Your attitude and resilience will speak volumes.
The matric wait can be daunting. But avoiding unhealthy bottling up of emotions and proactively caring for your mental health will allow you to ride out this storm. Share feelings with others, stay busy with uplifting activities and know your value is unconditional.