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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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Snow on our campuses
2012-08-07

Qwaqwa Campus
7 August 2012

Kovsies have been treated to the rather unusual sight of snow Tuesday, with the Qwaqwa Campus covered in a blanket of snow and the Bloemfontein Campus also dusted in white.

Snowflakes on the Bloemfontein Campus had people clicking away on their cameras and cellphones to capture this rare picture. The last time the City of Roses experienced this much snow was about six years ago.

Prof. Sue Walker, Head of Agricultural Meteorology in our Department of Soil, Crop & Climate Sciences, says the snowy weather over the Free State was caused by a cut-off low pressure system in association with a strong anticyclone ridging in behind the cold front.

“This draws a pool of very cold air, in the upper air, from the far southern ocean area in Antarctica driven by a strong southerly wind. This caused the freezing level, which is normally high in the atmosphere, to be lowered to the ground surface level, resulting in the snow.”

Prof. Walker says a little snow is forecast for Wednesday although rain can be expected before it clears and becomes sunny for the long weekend.
 

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