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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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Former UFS Council member dies
2010-07-27

The University of the Free State (UFS) is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Ms Cheryl Gillwald who passed away in Cape Town this week after a short illness.

Ms Gillwald served on the UFS Council as one of the representatives of the then Minister of Education, Ms Naledi Pandor, for the remaining period of the term of Dr Shirley Walters from 26 March 2006 to 31 December 2006. She was reappointed to the Council by the minister for another term of four years from 1 January 2007.

However, she resigned from the Council on 1 May 2007 and relocated to the UK with her family.

Ms Gillwald is the former Deputy Minister of the national departments of Justice and Correctional Services.
 

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