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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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Free glaucoma tests offered
2010-03-08

The Department of Ophthalmology in the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Heath Sciences offers free glaucoma testing from 7-13 March 2010 as part of the National Glaucoma Week. The tests will be done daily from 09:00 until 15:00 at the Eye Clinic at the National Hospital.

People older than 40, who haven’t been tested for glaucoma before and who are not receiving treatment for it, are welcome to get the tests done.

Glaucoma is a progressive illness that can cause permanent damage to a person’s sight. The illness has no warning signs and is normally only diagnosed in an advanced stage. At least 50% of people in developed countries and 90% in undeveloped countries are not aware of the fact that they have glaucoma.

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