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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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Book on adult development launched
2009-09-17

 
Proff. Dap and Anet Louw from the Department of Psychology at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently presented copies of their most recent book Adult Development and Ageing to the Vice-Rector, Prof. Driekie Hay and the Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities, Prof. Lucius Botes. The book will also be available in Afrikaans as Die Ontwikkeling en Veroudering van die Volwassene soon. Proff. Louw is currently busy with an extensive project to render Psychology study material much more relevant to the South African context and to make the books resulting from this project available in both English and Afrikaans to students. Their goal is also to translate key terminology in future editions into more South African core languages like Sesotho. Here are, from the left: Prof. Botes, Prof. Hay and Proff. Dap and Anet Louw.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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