We can all agree that the previous year was quite a difficult one for the matrics of 2020. From having to study for and write your exams during a global pandemic, to waiting much longer than the matrics before you for your results. None of it has been easy and we understand. Which is why we’re hoping these tips will help you through the wait.

Keep busy

We know that it’s probably easier said than done to keep busy when you don’t know how your results are looking, but this is one way that will help you maintain your mental health during this stressful time. Find things that you enjoy doing and invest your time and energy into them. This will keep you from overthinking and it will help you feel a little less anxious about your results.

Talk to your peers

No one’s going to understand the way that you’re feeling better than the people who are in the exact same situation as you- your peers. Speak to them and find out how they’re feeling, and most importantly, how they’re coping with the anxiety of waiting. Talking to someone always helps. You might learn some better coping mechanisms, or hear a fresher perspective that can help cheer you up.

Don’t relive the exam

You’ve written your exams and all you can do now is wait for your results. We understand that you may be tempted to keep revisiting sections you skipped or didn’t do well on. This is going to cause you to overthink which will affect your mental health during your wait, and cause your anxiety to hit the roof. We strongly advise that you don’t do this as the exam has passed and no matter how many times you think about it, there’s nothing you can change now.

Have a celebratory plan

You’re probably thinking “A celebratory plan? What if I didn’t do well?”. That’s a valid concern, but whether you did well or not, you deserve a treat, even if it’s simply for trying. You may not be in the mood to be out and about if your results aren’t as great as you expected, but something small like a dinner with family or an outing with friends might be the pick-me-up you need.

Expect anything

It’s okay to be highly optimistic or even confident that you did well, and it’s also okay to be a bit sceptical and nervous. Whatever you’re feeling, it’s valid and okay to feel. The results you’re waiting for could go either way, so while this may be difficult to do, it’s important to expect anything and accept whatever happens.

Whether you passed your matric or not, you should be so proud of your efforts. You gave it your all during the toughest year ever, and that alone makes you a winner. If you need to talk, whether about your excitement or your anxiety, you can always get in touch on Ask CellCgirl. Remember that whatever the outcome may be, it’s not the end of the world and you have plenty more options you can explore.

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