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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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Website going dormant from Friday 15 November at 17:00 until Monday 18 November at 07:00
2013-11-09

A modern, crisp new design for the UFS website will launch on Friday 15 November 2013.
 
The Division: Strategic Communication, in association with ICT Services, has gone to extraordinary lengths to equip the university with a trendy, user-friendly site in keeping with international standards. Focus groups, consisting of staff and students from across all three campuses, were closely involved in the design proses. This will result in a fully-endorsed and proudly-Kovsies website streaming across the globe.
 
Blackboard (https://learn.ufs.ac.za), GroupWise and the staff Intranet will not be affected by the switch-over.

PeopleSoft Student Self Service will still be available (https://studreg.ufs.ac.za/) as well as KovsieLife Student Self Service (on Bloemfontein Campus only) (http://kovsielife.ufs.ac.za/selfservice) for examination results.  
 
Please take note of the following webpages that will, however, not be available from Friday 15 November at 17:00 until Monday 18 November at 07:00 to users.
 
Webpages and systems that will be affected:
• UFS website
• Faculty and departmental webpages
• KovsieLife
• Community websites (Afras, Sasse, Vryfees, etc)
• Conferences
• Classified advertisements
• Podcasts
• Student Self Service
• Website administration systems (backend)
• BB Content
• SMS Gateway system
 
We can hardly wait to share this thrilling milestone in UFS history with you.  

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