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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 overthrow UJ in round four of Varsity Netball
2013-10-01

 

01 October 2013
Photo: Jako Pienaar

  Varsity Netball match: YouTube video

The University of the Free State (UFS) recorded a superb 71-36 victory over the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in their Varsity Netball match in the Callie Human Centre on the Bloemfontein Campus.

At the end of the first quarter the home side was off to a good start leading 18-11. Yet UJ recovered well hereafter to close the gap by winning the second quarter and taking over with a 28-22 lead.

However, a string of scoring just after half-time saw the UFS cruise to a comfortable 52-28 lead as they went into the final quarter, resulting in a bonus-point victory in the end. UJ could only manage eight goals in the last period as they fell short of a consolation bonus point.

Kovsies lost their first match in the Varsity Netball tournament against NWU Pukke, but recovered well by beating Tuks and TUT respectively in the following clashes. Over the next fortnight the team from the UFS will have two more Monday night match-ups in the Callie Human Centre in Bloemfontein. They will face the University of Cape Town (UCT) on the court next week, followed by Stellenbosch University (Maties) the week thereafter.

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