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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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Kovsie, Boom Prinsloo rocks at 2010 FNB Varsity Cup tournament
2010-04-14

 Boom Prinsloo, Shimla, 2010 ENB Varsitybeker-toernooi Kovsie
Boom Prinsloo
Photo: varsitycup.co.za

Of all the players from the different universities who played in the recent 2010 FNB Varsity Cup tournament, a Kovsie, Boom Prinsloo walked off with the overall Player-that-Rocks Award after being voted as the Player of the 2010 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International. In three of Shimlas’s eight matches this star No.8 was named player of the match for his high work rate on attack as well as strong defence. This earned him three man-of-the-match wards. With his seven touchdowns, including four against NMMU, he and Lola Waka from the University of Johannesburg also jointly ended up as top try-scorers of the tournament. Boom picked up R15 000 for his efforts and can feel well-satisfied with his hard work this season.

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