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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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Discussion on mass violence and genocide in Africa

25 September 2013

Africa’s contested pasts have frequently been characterised by violence. The manner of the continent’s subjugation to colonial rule; processes of indigenous resistance and accommodation; patterns of dispossession and accumulation; the construction and reconstruction of gendered identities; liberation movement dynamics; and the postcolonial politics of patronage have all shaped African experiences of violence and antagonisms.

To this list could be added past and present manifestations of xenophobia; the struggle for scarce resources in conditions of extreme inequality and climate change; and many more.

Looking at the above, the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice will host a colloquium on Mass Violence and genocide in Africa: Colonial and postcolonial perspectives on 26 September 2013.

The aim of the colloquium is to account, through a mixture of historical case studies and over-arching contemporary thematic and conceptual analyses, for a spectrum encompassing individual trauma, mass violence and genocide.

Time: 08:00-16:45
Place: Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (DF Malherbe House and the Centenary Complex)

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