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A small amount of stress over a short time can motivate you, but too much prolonged stress can have a negative impact. Exams are naturally a stressful time, however, with a few practical tips you can learn to better manage your anxiety and worry.

  1. Set realistic goals: When you set attainable goals, it reduces unnecessary expectations and gives you something to work towards. It also helps you to be more productive.
  1. Self-belief: It may have been a difficult year, but you’ve made it this far, so be proud of yourself. You’ve worked hard for this exact moment, so believe in your abilities.
  1. Be mindful: Focus on being present, by practising mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises. You want to get rid of those unwanted and unhelpful negative thoughts.
  1. Take care of yourself: Get sunlight and exercise every day, take regular breaks, sleep enough and choose healthier options when it comes to food, snacks and drinks.
  1. Find a confidant: Talking about things often takes away some of the stress you feel. Talk to someone you trust: a friend, parent, guardian, family member or teacher.
  1. Stay positive: You’ve put in hours of revision, don’t let worry stop you from doing your best. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones and focus on progress not perfection.
  1. Perspective: Exams are important, but they’re also only a small part of your whole life. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and take it one step at a time.
  1. Get help: You aren’t alone in how you feel and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Find confidential advice from SADAG, Africa’s largest mental health support group.

To all Grade 12 learners, good luck for your final exams! You’ve worked really hard to reach this point and we hope that these tips help you better manage your stress, so you can ace your final exams. Good luck Class of 2023!

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