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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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Go bold – and make both CANSA and Kovsies win!
2014-02-26

Kovsies is about to literally ‘come to a head’ with Tuks, UCT and Wits to see whose students can get the greatest number of heads shaved or sprayed. The residence and faculty with the most shaved and sprayed heads will be named SAMSA CANSA Champions in the fight against cancer.

The event is organised by CANSA (Cancer Association South Africa) in association with SAMSA (South African Medical Students Association)

When? Thursday 27 February 2014
Where? Francois Retief Building (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Cost? R25 (student price)

For more details, contact:

Eloise Jelliman (SAMSA UFS Outreach head): +27(0)72 271 9577
Michael van Niekerk (SAMSA UFS Chairperson and National Outreach head): +27(0)82 449 2233

Be brave, go bold or show your true colours in support of cancer survivors in SA.

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