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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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Speaker of parliament to deliver a lecture at the UFS
2008-08-21

The Speaker of the National Assembly and the National Chairperson of the ANC, Ms Baleka Mbete, will present the first Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture at the University of the Free State (UFS) on Thursday 21 August 2008, as part of the National Women’s Month festivities.

Maxeke was one of the founder members of the Bantu Women’s League (the forerunner of the ANC Women’s League) and the first African woman from South Africa to graduate with a B.Sc. degree from the University of Wilberforce in Ohio, USA.

On her return from the USA, she and her husband established the Wilberforce Institute in Evaton, Vereeniging.

According to Prof. Philip Nel of the Centre for Africa Studies at the UFS, the lecture series will become an annual event to commemorate Women’s Day and build on the partnership between the Premier's Office and the UFS.

This first lecture – to be delivered by Ms Mbete – will be dedicated to Charlotte Maxeke’s life and times, as well as the early years of the Bantu Women’s League.

The lecture will begin at 18:00 in the Mabaleng A Auditorium.

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Issued by: Mangaliso Radebe
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: radebemt.stg@ufs.ac.za  
19 August 2008

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