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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's CFPL talks about investments at convention
2009-09-29

 

At the convention were, from the left: Mr Percy Manduzi, legal advisor at Old Mutual and committee member of FPI Free State, Mr Swanepoel, Mr Botha, Mr Jonker, and Ms Shirly Hyland from the Department of Mercantile Law at the UFS and FPI Free State Committee Member.

The Centre for Financial Planning Law (CFPL) at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently hosted a mini-convention in association with the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa under the chairmanship of Mr Wimpie Jonker. Mr Jonker is also an independent financial advisor for Sanlam.

The convention commenced with a presentation by the well-known radio personality from Radio Sonder Grense (RSG), Mr Theo Vorster. He spoke about investments in the current economic situation. A highlight on Day Two of the convention was a motivational talk by Mr Anton Swanepoel from Amnity Wealth on compliance and ethics. Mr Swanepoel is a renowned author in the financial services industry.

Mr Marius Botha, also a renowned author and independent trainer, brought the audience up to date on all the amendments to the taxation of retirement lump sum benefits. The convention was attended by more than 40 delegates from as far as Upington.

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