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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 staff to present ten papers at two international conferences

Leaving for Greece and Brazil are, from the left, front: Prof. Liezel Lues, Prof. Hendri Kroukamp, Ms Lebohang Mothae, Prof. Moses Sindane; back: Mr Lyndon du Plessis, Prof. Koos Bekker, Mr Nyawo Gumede and Mr Peter Molekane.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs 


Eight staff members from the Department of Public Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) will present ten papers in total at two conferences in July and August this year. They are the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Athens, Greece and the conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The papers focus on amongst others the new political leadership in South Africa: Implications for sustainable local governance (by Mr Lyndon du Plessis), Closing the skills gap through research: The role of institutions of higher learning (by Prof. Hendri Kroukamp), and South African municipalities under the administration of the provincial government: Can it promote good local governance and sustainable development by Ms Lebohang Mothae.

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