How to deal with ma­tric stress


THE ANX­IOUS wait for the 2016 ma­tric re­sults is fi­nally over. While some can­di­dates have made it, oth­ers are dis­ap­pointed be­cause they ei­ther failed or did not do as well as they ex­pected.

Par­ents and guardians have been cau­tioned and asked to be sup­port­ive to their chil­dren. Nola Payne, head of fac­ulty: In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy at The In­de­pen­dent In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion said: “This com­ing pe­riod will pave the way for the fu­ture re­sponse, and de­ter­mine the nature of the con­ver­sa­tions that can be held to plan the next steps.

“This will sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the way that the dis­ap­point­ment is ex­pe­ri­enced and man­aged.”

Payne warned that the way adults man­age these next few weeks can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on the re­silience of ma­tric­u­lants fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ment.

The adults have to re­mem­ber that their first words and re­ac­tions may leave a last­ing im­pact.

“The first thing to do is for the adults to take stock and con­sider their uni­fied po­si­tion so that the en­ergy can be fo­cused on the learner,” Payne said.

“Ten­sion will in­crease as the re­sults re­lease day ap­proaches and may in­clude higher lev­els of anger and ag­gres­sion as part of a de­fen­sive mech­a­nism against the ex­pected parental re­sponses.”

Payne said ma­tric pupils should be en­cour­aged that even if they have not done well, there are other op­tions to con­sider.

Stressed or de­pressed can­di­dates can con­tact the South African De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Group on their helpline num­ber 0800 12 13 14 or SMS 31393.

They are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

Higher lev­els of anger and ag­gres­sion

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