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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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Training session held for IDC Nguni Cattle Development Project
2009-09-11

 
A training session was recently held at Glen Agricultural Institute for staff of the Free State Department of Agriculture involved in the Free State Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) Nguni Cattle Development Project. The training session, presented by Prof. HO de Waal and Dr Luis Schwalbach from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Science, was attended by 37 extension staff who was briefed on the background of the project and trained in the specific procedures to identify and nominate prospective beneficiary black farmers to take part in the project. The IDC Nguni Cattle Development Project was originally started in the Northern Cape where more than 30 beneficiary farmers are already farming with registered Nguni cattle under the guidance of the project. The project was recently implemented in the Free State Province. These two projects are using the Nguni cattle breed to spearhead rural development in these two provinces, covering a large part of South Africa. Attending the training session were, from the left, front: Dr Schwalbach, Ms KP Lephoro, Department of Agriculture in Fouriesburg; middle: Mr Benson Motsuemyane, Department of Agriculture in Boshoff, Prof. De Waal; back: Mr Nkosana Nhlapo, Department of Agriculture in Trompsburg and Mr Thsepo Teele, Department of Agriculture in Parys.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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