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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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Wellness programme on the Main Campus
2006-05-16

The Wellness Committee at the University of the Free State (UFS) presents a wellness programme on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein today and tomorrow.  The theme is "Go for gold" and the topics to be discussed include how to make stress work for you, the importance of exercising and the importance of a healthy diet.  Later this week staff will take part in a fun walk and volley ball competition.

As part of the programme staff are given the opportunity to get  among others, their blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure tested.  Seated from the left are Ms Lorraine Meintjies (nurse from  Discovery), Prof Niel Viljoen (Chief Director:  Operations at the UFS).  Standing from the left are Dr Louis Holtzhausen (Director:  UFS Sport and Exercise Science Medicine Clinic) and Dr Tiesie de Coning (motivational speaker).
Photo: Lacea Loader

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