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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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Shimlas have reason to celebrate
2010-03-04

Joubert Horn, the Shimlas’ lock, was one of the try scorers against the FNB TUT Vikings.
Photo: Gerhard Louw

Wayne Stevens, captain of the Shimlas at the University of the Free State (UFS), has reason to smile after his team won another match in the FNB Varsity Cup on Monday.

Both teams played well, but in the end it was the FNB TUT Vikings who had to accept defeat. The Shimlas sent the Vikings home with a score of 37-31.

The Shimlas got a bonus point for scoring four tries. This places them in the fourth position on the league log.

This week the team is preparing for their match against the FNB Tuks. The Shimlas feel confident about their next match and are now working on their strategy.

The Shimlas will play against the FNB Tuks at the Tuks Rugby Stadium in Pretoria on Monday, 8 March 2010 at 18:30.
– Lize du Plessis

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