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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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Faculty of Health Sciences launches guiding documents


The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) has launched two guiding documents for medical students for the years 2000 (phase one) and 2004 (phase two). The faculty has been offering a five-year M.B.Ch.B degree since 2000 and subsequently revised the curriculum in 2004 to comply with international developments. As a result, guiding documents detailing the academic and administrative regulations for each phase were compiled. At the launch were, from the left, front: Dr Brenda de Klerk (Phase I chairperson), Prof Elsa de Wet (Phase II chairperson) and Prof Laurika van der Westhuizen (Programme Director); back from left: Prof Gert van Zyl (Head: School of Medicine) and Dr Hennie Geyer (Phase II chairperson)
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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