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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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Managing and leading in tough times discussed at the UFS
2008-10-21

 

Mr Brand Pretorius, chief executive of McCarthy Ltd, delivered the 17th annual Brand Pretorius Lecture of the Department of Business Management at the University of the Free State this week. Mr Pretorius, an honorary professor at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, gave in a case study of the motor industry attention to managing and leading in tough times. On turbulence on the international economic front, he said South Africa is not isolated from it, but more insulated due to the Credit Act many protested against. Here are, from the left: Prof. Hendri Kroukamp, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof. Tienie Crous, Acting Vice-Rector: Academic Operations, Mr Pretorius and Prof. Van Aardt Smit, Department of Business Management.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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