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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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Learners positive about Leadership Summit
2013-04-04

 

Photo: Sonia Small
05 April 2013

  Video clip (YouTube)

About 250 learners from 55 schools in the country arrived on Thursday 4 April 2013 at the various residences on our Bloemfontein-Campus where they will be staying during the three day summit. During the summit, learners and facilitators discussed the connection between emotional intelligence, leadership, self-leadership, development and communication with conflict resolution in mind.

The summit, which was attended by top leaders from schools, is already hosted for the third consecutive year. Schools are invited months before the time to send representatives to the summit.

These were the impressions of the learners after the first day:

“Today was very nice and interesting. We learnt how not to limit or degrade yourself. “ – Sané Pretorius, Ficksburg High School.

“We can apply the methods we learnt here today to become better leaders both in our schools and community.” – Onkarabile Marumo, Eunice High School

“It was a long and interesting day.” – Johan Barnard, Staatspresident Swart High School

“It is definitely a worthwhile experience for any aspiring young leader.” Shaheen Karodia, Muir College

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