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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 Rector receives first copy of Christ Embassy Church publication
2009-09-29

 

Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS) recently received a copy of the book Rhapsody of realities. This daily devotional book was handed to him by Gladys Mofokeng. Gladys is a second-year student in Corporate Communications at the UFS and also a member of the Christ Embassy church.

As part of the Reach out SA 2009 Campaign, this church is running an initiative aimed at nation building by reaching and touching the soul of the nation. Two million free copies of this publication will be distributed. Prof. Jansen was the first to receive a copy of Rhapsody of realities on the Main Campus of the UFS. The publication was also distributed to students at the Thakaneng Bridge and the residences on the Main Campus.

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