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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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Language Day celebrated on campus
2010-08-19

 
UFS staff members showed their support for Language Day by wearing a hat.
Photo: Christiaan van der Merwe

It was for the second time this year that the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) celebrated Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA) Language Day. Language Day is annually commemorated countrywide on 14 August to celebrate the existence of Afrikaans as a language. The other languages in the department were also involved as part of the celebrations, giving an extra flavour to the celebrations. Apart from the sale of various delicacies and a barbeque, competitions and the sound of the music in the respective languages added to the festive atmosphere and enjoyment.

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