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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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Kovsie Open Day
2005-04-15

The Kovsie Open Day will once again be hosted by the University of the Free State on 5 and 6 May 2005. The Kovsie Open Day is a window on the opportunities the University offers learners to equip themselves for their careers.

Learners are welcome to visit the exhibitions in the Callie Human Centre and Thakaneng Studentcentre from 08:30-16:30 on Thursday 5 May and from 08:30 - 14:00 on Friday 6 May. The same programme will be presented on both days. At this event learners will be introduced to all aspects of student life… and a lot more.

All the exhibitions of the Faculties will be at the Callie Human Centre and the Hostels and Student affairs will be outside the Callie Human. All the shops and Restaurants at the Thakaneng Bridge will be open with many "Openday specials".

Contact Mrs. Linda Greyling with any enquiries at 051-401 3384.
 

 

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