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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 hosts final ANC Centenary Seminar for 2011
2011-11-28

 

Prof. Benjamin Turok speaking about the Evolution of Economic Policy Thinking.
Photo: Henco Myburgh

The African National Congress (ANC) government is faced with the dilemma of an inherited distorted economy. Subsequently South Africa has the most unequal society in the world. That is according to Prof. Benjamin Turok, head of Political Education for the ANC in Parliament. Prof. Turok spoke at an ANC Centenary Dialogue at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) on 23 November 2011.

 
Delivering the last lecture of the year in a series of dialogues about the ANC, Prof. Turok said it was hard to swallow that after 100 years there is still inequality. This for a party whose essence is the notion of sharing, as set out in the Freedom Charter.  Prof. Turok told the audience in a packed Odeion Theatre that the ANC Centenary provided a moment of reflection. “If we neglect the poor and uneducated and do not interfere and direct investment, we will always have inequality.”
 
Talking about youth unemployment, Prof. Turok said that no society can live in peace if young people are not employed. He said that he welcomed the energy the ANC Youth League has put in economic policy, but would like to see a youth league economic policy that is scientific.
 
The ANC Centenary Dialogue series has been hosted by the Centre for Africa Studies and will continue on 15 February 2012.

 

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