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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 appoints Extraordinary Professor in Patristics
2010-05-26

Prof. Erik De Boer
The University of the Free State (UFS) has appointed Prof. Erik De Boer as Extraordinary Professor in Patristics (the study of the early church and the church fathers, as well as their writings and theology).

Prof. De Boer will work in collaboration with Prof. Dolf Britz, Head of the Division: Programme Design and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Centre in the Institute for Classical en Reformatory Studies at the UFS. The objective of the institute is to train young ministers of religion and researchers in Africa in the field of Patristics. The university also has partners in Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

According to Prof. De Boer, this discipline is regarded of great importance for the development of theology in Southern Africa.

Currently he is, amongst others, a lecturer in Classical Languages at the Theological University of Kampen and Extraordinary Professor in Reformation History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

He will deliver his inaugural lecture in August 2010 at the UFS.

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