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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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Kovsies wins intervarsity against North-West University
2010-08-10

Of the 22 matches that the students from the University of the Free State (UFS) played against the North-West University (NWU) during the Intervarsity this year, they won 11 matches and lost 10. Although the FNB Shimlas lost by the skin of their teeth (18-21) against the FNB NWU Pukke, Kovsies triumphed in various other areas. The UFS’s soccer first team beat NWU 1-0. On the golf course matters also turned out well when NWU lost 1-7 against the UFS. The UFS are also very proud of its men’s and women’s tennis teams that beat NWU with 26 matches against their 4.

This year’s Intervarsity boasted quite a few changes. Kovsies invited the other campuses of the NWU to participate in the Intervarsity and our Qwaqwa Campus was also involved for the first time. - Leonie Bolleurs

Photos: Rian Horn
 

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