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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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Steinhoff Vishuis excited about final match
2010-03-25

 

Kovsies are eagerly awaiting the finals of the Steinhoff Koshuis League after Steinhoff Vishuis smashed the Steinhoff Villagers of the North-West University with 57-3 in the semi-finals on Monday, 22 March 2010.

When looking at their performance this week, it is clear that Steinhoff Vishuis will be extremely dangerous in next week’s final!

Steinhoff Vishuis will play the final match of the Steinhoff Koshuis League against Dagbreek from Maties on Monday, 29 March 2010 at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch at 16:30. The match will be broadcast on SuperSport.

On Monday, 22 March 2010 Shimlas played in the semi-finals against Ikeys of the University of Cape Town. They lost 27-21.

In general it was a good season for the Shimlas, who for the first time played in the semi-finals. Congratulations once again to our Shimlas with their good performance in the FNB Varsity Cup.
 

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