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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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Esteemed academic delivers inaugural lecture at the UFS

 Prof. Hoffie Hofmeyer, Extraordinary Professor of Church History in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS) delivered his inaugural lecture on: “Transformation in theological education: Jonathan Edwards and his relevance for South Africa” this week. His lecture followed the official opening of the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa in the Faculty of Theology at the UFS.

In his lecture he focused, among others, on the views held by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), one of North America’s most prominent theologians and theological genius and their possible significance for us today. He also discussed some of the challenges lying ahead for the Faculty of Theology at the UFS. “These challenges are immense but if this faculty can manage to handle them, the fruits will be most rewarding,” he said.

 Prof. Hoffie Hofmeyer. Photo: Stephen Collett

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