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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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Kovsie one of the newcomers in the Springbok Rugby team
2008-10-29

Five Kovsies are included in the Springbok Rugby team that will leave for the rugby tour to England this week. One of the newcomers in the team, Heinrich Brüssow  (photo), is a fourth-year B.Com. student in Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS).

The other four players are former students of the UFS. They are: Juan Smith, Bismarck du Plessis, Gürthro Steenkamp, Ruan Pienaar and CJ van der Linde. Brüssow is flank of the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs and also played for the Shimlas – the UFS’s first rugby team.

“It seems that the UFS is continuously producing national rugby players for South Africa. This is something to be proud of and is an indication of the standard of our coaching,” says Mr James Letuka, Director of KovsieSport.

“We wish all the Kovsies and the rest of the team good luck with the coming tour,” says Mr Letuka

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za  
29 October 2008
 

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