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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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Prevention is better than cure – have yourself tested!
2012-04-18

 

At the testing in the George du Toit Administration building were from left: Frank Nkoana, Senior Director: Academic Student Services, Mickey Gordon, Head: Marketing, Institutional Promotion and Sport: Corporate Relations, Chris Liebenberg, Senior Director: Finance and Lourens Geyer, Senior Director: Human Resources.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

Health and Wellness will do medical screening tests from this Monday to Friday on the Bloemfontein Campus and on the South Campus on Monday 23 April 2012.

The tests include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI (body mass index). In addition, free eye screening tests can be done. The results of the tests will be available directly afterwards.

Click here for the programme, which includes the place, date and time when the screening tests will take place on the Bloemfontein Campus and the South Campus.

The tests are free and all staff are invited to have themselves tested. There will be a lucky draw at each session with gift vouchers from Kloppers and the Loch Logan Waterfront.
 

 

 

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