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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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Health policy researcher discusses joint exploratory efforts at the UFS


Prof James Bjorkman
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20 March 2013

Prof James Bjorkman, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague in the Netherlands, visited the University of the Free State (UFS) to explore the context and limits of health reforms in South Africa.

After clarifying terms and establishing the background of general public sector reforms over the past few decades, Prof Bjorkman focused on characteristics of the health sector, its basic issues, as well as constants and variable dimensions. He paid special attention to the complex interplay between access, quality and cost of health services.

Prof Bjorkman also shared experiences, based on his observations over the decades, during his lecture at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Click here to read an extract from his book, “Health reforms in Central and Eastern Europe: Options, Obstacles, Limited outcomes,” on which his lecture was based.

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