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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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UFS evaluates children’s bright ideas

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences evaluated the business plans of the participants of the Senwes annual entrepreneurial competition. The winner of the primary school division of the competition is Danie Jacobs (back, second from the left) from Jim Fouché Primary School in Bloemfontein. With his winning project “play traditional”, an initiative to get children to play again, he marketed the ingredients for amongst others tip cat (kennetjie) in a little bag. In the second place (front, left) was a group from Koot Niemann Primary School, east of Bloemfontein: Candice Storm, Megan Reep, Chantelle Julius, Shunelle Vorster en Kornisha van Staden. Back from the left is Mr Pieter Esterhuizen, Chief Manager of Senwes Grainlink, Jacobs, Rudo Peens (third place, Sand du Plessis Primary School) and Dr Johan van Zyl, Head of the Unit for Entrepreneurship at the UFS.
Photo: Landbouweekblad

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