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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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UFS staff member included in SA hockey practice team
2010-05-24

 
Lesley Ann George.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 Lesley Ann George, secretary in the Office: Corporate Relations, Institutional Advancement and Sport at the University of the Free State (UFS), has been included in the South African senior women’s hockey team that are going to practise in Beijing, China from 27 May 2010 to 18 June 2010, in preparation of the World Cup in Argentina and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

Lesley Ann, Vice-Captain of the team, says that they are also going to play twelve matches against China. She is currently the captain of the UFS first women’s hockey team.

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