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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 well represented at the Cape Town Book Fair

At the fair are, from the left: Prof. Eugene van Niekerk, chief editor and involved on a part-time basis at the UFS, Ms Liesbet van Wyk, Heinemann Publisher, Dr Annette Prins, Divisional Head: Staff Wellness at the UFS and co-editor of the first edition, and Prof. Johnnie Hay, Departmental Chairperson, Psychology of Education at the UFS and co-editor of the current edition.
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A book of the publisher Heinemann, namely Handbook of Youth Counselling, was released during the Cape Town Book Fair this month. The authors are predominantly from the University of the Free State (UFS). This release took place a day after the incumbent rector of the UFS, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, also released his new book Knowledge in the Blood at the same fair.

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