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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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Kovsie Alumni honours persons for outstanding achievements
2010-09-09

 Kovsie Alumni of the University of the Free State (UFS) recently awarded its annual prestige awards at a breakfast function in Bloemfontein. The Springbok rugby player Heinrich Brüssow was named as the 2009 Kovsie Alumnus of the Year. Ms Jackie Ntshingila, Provincial Manager of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award, and Prof. Teuns Verschoor, acting Senior Vice-Rector of the UFS, and Prof. Benito Khotseng received the Executive Management Award. Prof Khotseng, formerly a UFS Council Member and Senior Manager: Strategic Programmes, has played a major role to bring communities on the UFS Campus closer to one another. Here are, from the left: Mr Naudé de Klerk, Chairperson of Kovsie Alumni, Brüssow, Judge Ian van der Merwe, Chairperson of the UFS Council, Ntshingila, Verschoor and Khotseng.
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