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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 launches Wellness Centre
2010-09-23

Pictured from the left, are: Estelle Heideman, Manager: Kovsies HIV/Aids Centre, Dr Annette Prins, Manager: Staff Wellness, and Sr Riana Johnson, Manager: Kovsie Health.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

The University of the Free State (UFS) recently celebrated the launch of its Health and Wellness Centre, which is the amalgamation of the Kovsies HIV/AIDS Centre, Staff Wellness and Kovsie Health, including Kovsie Social Work Services. It was realised that the services of these departments overlap and that more could be achieved in unity. The purpose of the centre is the pursuit of optimal health and wellness as an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making of decisions towards a more balanced and fulfilling life, allowing our university community to thrive. It endeavours to be a respected centre of excellence, both nationally and internationally.

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