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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 experimental farm: Livestock demonstration

The Lengau Agricultural Development Centre, in cooperation with the experimental farm of the University of the Free State (UFS), the Mangaung Local Municipality and Nafu recently presented a livestock demonstration and training session.

It was the first initiative of services of this kind to cattle farmers from Bloemfontein.

The centre provides assistance to cattle farmers with branding, dehorning and castration of cattle and also presents a primary herd health programme. Those who are interested can call the Lengau Agricultural Development Centre on  051-4438859 or 083 453 9364.

In front from left are Mr Montsi, a farmer from Botshabelo and Dr Léan van der Westhuizen, centre manager and associated to the UFS, in the process of dehorning a bull.  In front are Mr Moshoete and Masiza, farmers from Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein respectively.

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