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The period between completing an assignment or an exam and receiving your marks back can be extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing for a student. To cope with this stress period, a SHAWCO representative offers 5 tips.

 


As a student, we know that life has an overwhelming amount of responsibilities and having to balance your student life can be quite stressful too. When we embrace many responsibilities of life, we have to consider what is essential and takes priority. 


If you are dealing with stress and feeling overwhelmed in the process of writing your matric exams, SHAWCO has some useful advice on how you can cope and deal with it.

 


The topic of mental health is a complex one, and it has become an even more complicated and intricate conversation in 2021, as people have begun to slowly come to terms with life under Covid-19. Speaking to three university students, each share their experiences with mental health in 2021 and how they have found themselves in spaces in which mental health has become less of a taboo, as they each journey towards individual growth in their mental well-being.


The recent National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) Wave 5 report has revealed the negative effect that the economic insecurity that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental well-being of adults, particularly those with children.


A bigger spotlight is needed when it comes to student mental health. In just two weeks, three students from the University of the Witwatersrand died by suicide. The University's Student Representative Council has spoken on the matter.


When the pandemic begun, students had to shift their lives from face to face lectures to remote learning. Challenges like, internet connection, time management and your family constantly distracting you are some of the things students are currently struggling with but, the biggest challenge has been mental health.


Matric may be over but the challenges aren’t. In an interview with Nonhlanhla Dube of Boston City Campus, things such as what Matrics should now do post-matric as well as what to do to keep your head above water were discussed.

 


There’s lots of talk about the impact of the global pandemic on mental health; but so far, little action. The South African College of Applied Psychology is set to host a webinar, 'A global crisis and the impact on South African communities', this week and it definitely is one to make sure you don't miss.


For many young first year students, university/college can often be a very stressful period. It is totally normal to feel this way as most students are away from home and are required to become independent. Feeling a little stressed can be a good thing as it motivates you to overcome any challenges that you are faced with. However, too much stress can have an impact on your overall mental and physical well-being. 


All over South Africa, students and staff are overwhelmed and anxious as a results of the uncertainty and pressure that comes with online learning and the pandemic. The Department of Higher Education has stepped in and is supporting students by offering a mental health helpline. This helpline will be open 24/7 and is sure to lend a listening ear to ease some of the stresses and anxieties that comes with this unprecedented time. 


The rigors of day to day life under the COVID-19 lockdown have certainly highlighted the importance of our mental well-being, both in our own homes and remote work teams, as well as in our communities and the country at large.  The call for increased capacity in mental health care has been on the rise for a number of years across the world.

 


Georgina Barrick, leadership expert and Managing Director at Network Contracting Solutions, ADvTECH Resourcing’s Contracting Division, says that when anxiety overrides thinking, the ability to make clear decisions is negatively influenced, and it can cripple productivity. Please see below for her tips on achieving calm and getting things done under difficult circumstances.


Being confined to your house for a long period of time and not being allowed to go anywhere can take a toll on your mental health and can sometimes have you feel like you’re losing your head. Knowing how to stay sane during this time is therefore essential and there are also many support services available to you. 


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