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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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Seminar on trust law


Die Sentrum vir Boedelbeplanningsreg aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV) het onlangs ‘n seminaar oor trustreg aangebied. Die aanbieder was prof. Willie van der Westhuizen, hoof van die Trustreg- en Boedelbeplanningsafdeling van die George- en Kaapstadkantore van Millers Ing. Prof. van der Westhuizen het gefokus op holistiese boedelbeplanning en die vermyding van slaggate in trustaktes. Die seminaar is bygewoon deur vyftig mense bestaande uit prokureurs, advokate, akademici, besigheidsmanne, dokters en studente. Die sentrum beoog soortgelyke seminare in die toekoms. Hier is, van links voor: adv. Bradley Smith, Departement Privaatreg aan die UV, mnr. Pieter Brits, Sentrum vir Boedelbeplanningsreg aan die UV; agter: mnr. Kenneth Mould, Sentrum vir Boedelbeplanningsreg aan die UV, mnr. Louis van Vuuren, BOE Bank en hoofborg van die seminaar, prof. Van der Westhuizen, en mnr. James Faber, Sentrum vir Boedelbeplanningsreg aan die UV.
Foto: Stephen Collett

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