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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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Charles Darwin lecture series
2009-02-26

Charles Darwin lecture series

You are hereby cordially invited to attend the Charles Darwin lecture series entitled "The Story of Life and Survival". This series of lectures is aimed to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200 year birthday and the 150 year anniversary of his publication "On the Origin of Species". The event is celebrated around the world, and the UFS is the only local university to participate on this scale.

The presentation is on 26 February at 18h00 in the Wynand Mouton Theatre, and Prof. Marian Tredoux and mr. Johan Loock will present lectures entitled "The Origin of our Solar System” and “The Geological Evolution of our Planet: The First Billion Years".

Light refreshments will be served after the lectures.

If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to Rina Immelman not later than Monday 23rd February at immelmce@ufs.ac.za
 

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