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Emotional safety during examinations

Mid-year exams have begun and with crunch time comes emotional upheaval. However, it is manageable and should not deter you from the end-goal of succeeding in your studies while maintaining high mental health standards.

“The exam period is a time when stress and anxiety levels are higher than usual. Stress can be positive and help you stay motivated and focused. However, too much stress can be unhelpful and can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy,” says Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director of Student Counselling and Development at the University of the Free State (UFS).

According to Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health, “Mental and emotional health is about being happy, self-confident, self-aware, and resilient. People who are mentally healthy are able to cope with life’s challenges and recover from setbacks. But mental and emotional health requires knowledge, understanding, and effort to maintain. If your mental health isn’t as solid as you’d like it to be, here’s the good news: there are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.”

For further details on topics including: Building Better Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence Toolkit, Benefits of Mindfulness, Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultivating Happiness, visit the Help Guide. 

Dr Barnaschone has a few tips on how Kovsies can better approach academic anxiety during the examination period. Here is what she has to say:

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Academic among SA scientists to visit Mexico
2008-08-15

The University of the Free State academic, Prof. Wijnand J. Swart (pictured), of the Centre for Plant Health Management, is one of the six South African scientists who will embark on an exploratory visit to Mexico from 16-30 August 2008. The visit will be facilitated by the National Research Foundation, the implementing agency for the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy. The purpose of the visit is to develop collaboration in biological and environmental sciences between South Africa and Mexico. It is expected that this visit will enhance the bilateral agreement that is envisaged between the DST and the Ministry of Science in Mexico.
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