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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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Kovsies’ Izelle Lategan named SA U/21 women’s hockey player of the year
2013-09-06

 

Izelle Lategan
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06 September 2013

The South AfricanHockey Association named the Kovsie hockey striker, Izelle Lategan, as the U/21 women’s hockey player of the year.

Lategan, who matriculated from Paarl Gimnasium last year, already made her international debut for the SA U/16 squad against Argentina in 2010. She is currently a first-year BA Human Movement Science student at the university.

On provincial level she represented both the Free State women’s squad and the U/21 women’s side this year. She also captained the SA U/21 women’s hockey team and was called up to the women’s Protea side in 2013.

Her goal still remains to be part of the SA Hockey team for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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