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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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DiMTEC teaches on disasters with international counterparts
2009-06-12

 
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The Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently presented a training course on vulnerability and disaster risk management in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

The focus was on social, environmental and economical vulnerability, global warming and early warning systems.

Dr Fabrice Renaud, Associate Director: UNU-EHS, Dr-Eng. Jörn Birkmann, Head of the section Vulnerability Assessment: UNU-EHS, and Prof. Dusan Sakulsky, Africa Representative: UNU-EHS from Bonn, Germany presented the course, together with Mr Andries Jordaan, Director: DiMTEC and Eugene Poolman, Chief Forecasting Specialist: Disaster Risk Reduction, South African Weather Service.

This course will be presented again at the Novi Sad University, Serbia in October 2009 and September 2010 as well as in Bonn, Germany in May 2010, where it will be part of the UNU PhD block course.

Conducting the training were, from the left: Mr Jordaan, Prof. Sakulski, Ms Awatif Ayadh, DiMTEC student from Sudan, and Dr -Ing. Vilma Hossini, Training Programme Associate: UNU-EHS.

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