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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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Academic’s work appears in New York publication
2008-12-04

 
 The work of Ms Estelle Heideman of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), on an HIV/Aids project on farms in the southern Free State, has appeared in On Philanthropy, an online publication in New York, USA. The aim of the project was to equip 40 farm workers on two farms near the town of Philippolis with knowledge and skills regarding HIV/Aids. Ms Heideman has just returned from a two-month scholarship programme at the University of Columbia and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she participated in the MAC AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative. She launched a DVD earlier this year on the project before she left for New York. The On Philanthropy article can be accessed through the following link: Click

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