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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 announces new security measures

The management of the University of the Free State (UFS) today, 10 March 2005, announced the introduction of a security guard at each of the women’s residences on the main campus in Bloemfontein.

According to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Frederick Fourie, this step and other measures that are being planned are aimed at improving the overall security situation on the main campus. 

“The security guard at each woman’s residence will be on duty from late afternoon to midnight from Mondays to Thursdays and from late afternoon until 01:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,” said Prof Fourie.

Suggestions for further measures to implement security services at certain areas or selected pedestrian routes on the main campus will be considered early in the second term.  Following this, the main campus’ security strategy will again be discussed and reviewed as a matter of urgency.

“The aim of this all is to again strengthen and sustain the main campus, within reasonable limits, as a safe environment,” said Prof Fourie.

Issued by: Lacea Loader
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10 March 2005

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