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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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Court interdict prohibits more unrest on Qwaqwa Campus
2010-04-20

A court interdict was issued today (Tuesday, 20 April 2010) prohibiting any further student unrest on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). This court interdict follows the unrest on the campus and the damages that were caused on the campus yesterday (Monday, 19 April 2010) and this morning.

Classes on the Qwaqwa Campus were suspended with immediate effect and will resume on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 so that emotions can calm down and the damages to the campus be restored. Only registered students will then be permitted.

“Students who were responsible for the damages and violence on the Qwaqwa Campus were arrested. Those who will be found guilty will never be allowed to study at any of the three campuses of the University of the Free State,” said Prof. Jonathan Jansen, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS.

Media Release
Issued by: Mangaliso Radebe
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: radebemt@ufs.ac.za  
20 April 2010

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