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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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Programme on Governance and Political Transformation presents research seminar
2010-08-05

 
At the seminar are, from the left: Prof. Lucius Botes, Dean: Faculty of the Humanities, Dr Tania Coetzee, Programme Director, and Prof. Laetus Lategan, Dean: Research Development and Innovation, Central University of Technology.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

The Programme on Governance and Political Transformation at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented a two-day research seminar. Experts from various academic fields and students enrolled for the programme, presented papers on subjects such as research, politics and governance. The programme is aimed at the advancement of political knowledge and the development of political management-oriented skills in an environment of rapid change. It has been created to satisfy the need for institutional capacity building, leadership development and the promotion of a value system that complements good governance and forms the basis of democratic government.


 

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