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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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Welpies Day Care Centre children meet actors of UFS play
2010-09-16

The Welpies were ecstatic to meet the actors after a performance of Doortjie at the Scaena Theatre last week.

Some of the functions of Drama are to create a direct physical and emotional experience, to transcend knowledge at all levels, to enrich the imagination and to enthuse theatre-goers' minds and souls. Drama is therefore an influential medium for learning as well as for personal development.

For more than a decade now, the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State (UFS) has been a friend of the Welpies Day Care Centre in Oranjesig, Bloemfontein. The pre-schoolers regularly attend fantasy theatre productions free of charge.
 

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