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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 hosts schools festival

From the left are: Neville Engelbrecht, Director: Arts Education, Prof. Nico Luwes, Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the UFS, Dangazele and Coletane Carey, CSI Specialist: Sasol.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

The University of the Free State (UFS) recently hosted a two-day Sasol Free State/Northern Cape Schools Festival presented on the Main Campus. The festival provided young South Africans with a unique opportunity to develop their entire person – mind, body and soul. It also offered them a chance to explore the diverse South African cultural heritage through encounters with their peers and new creative expressions. The guest speaker was actress and director, Nobulali Dangazele, who is also the founder and leader of ShakesExperiential. The festival is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation. . 

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