Avoid anxiety, matrics are told

BMA Mahlomola Kekana chairperson of the National Associationof Parents in School Governance (NAPSG) during a press briefing at the Parktonian Hotel about the the readiness in school and also campagning for all failed grade 12 learners to go back to school. Pic: Bafana Mahlangu. 04/01/2010. © Sowetan. Sowetan 05/01/2010 PG 4 Mahlomola Kekana.
BMA Mahlomola Kekana chairperson of the National Associationof Parents in School Governance (NAPSG) during a press briefing at the Parktonian Hotel about the the readiness in school and also campagning for all failed grade 12 learners to go back to school. Pic: Bafana Mahlangu. 04/01/2010. © Sowetan. Sowetan 05/01/2010 PG 4 Mahlomola Kekana.

FEELINGS of anxiety are common among scores of pupils waiting for their final matric results.

Anxiety can manifest in physical signs such as agitated sleep, trembling, sweating and being constantly on edge, South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) spokesperson Cassey Amoore said.

"This is a stressful time for matric pupils and their parents since they worry about the outcome of the exams and the consequences," Amoore said.

Amoore advised matric candidates and their parents to remain calm and not dwell on negative thoughts.

"Being anxious or stressing about the results won't change the marks. It is important to remember that there are always options should one fail or not perform well as they had hoped," said Amoore.

Amoore said pupils should keep themselves busy to avoid anxiety.

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