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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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Institute hosts National Action Plan Discussions


Attending the discussions were from left: Prof Andre Keet, Ms Yasmin Sooka, Dr Willy Nel, Ms Gugu Ncongwana, Director: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Ms Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and Andile Mngxitama, columnist and political commentator.
Photo: Sibusiso Tshabalala
12 March 2013

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, together with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Foundation for Human Rights, hosted a workshop-style discussion with university and community role players on the National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Xenophobia and related intolerances. As an obligation under the United Nations Declaration at the World Conference on Racism, Xenophobia and related intolerances held in Durban, 2001, the NAP was presented by Yasmin Sooka (Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights). Dr Willy Nel, from the Faculty of Education, was the respondent and Prof Andre Keet, Director of the Institute, facilitated the workshop.

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