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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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Badminton brothers off to USA
2005-05-26

 

KOVSIES's badminton brothers, Chris and Roelof Dednam, were after their recent international successes in Kenya and China included in the International Badminton Federation's preliminary list of qualifiers for the world individual championships in August in Anaheim, California.  Chris qualified for the singles championship, and the two brothers together for the men's doubles. 

Michelle Edwards (WP) can also take part in the singles and together with Chantal Botts (KZN) in the women's doubles.  In the mixed doubles no pair of South Africa qualified, due to absence on the ranking list because they did not take part in sufficient international tournaments during the past year due to lack of financing.
 

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