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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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Centre for Development Support receives the Premier’s gold award
2007-07-30

 

The Centre for Development Support (CDS), within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) was the proud recipient of the gold award in the category of Research and Development for the Free State Premier’s Excellence Awards for 2007 recently held in Bloemfontein. CDS received the award for among others the updating of the economic database of the Mangaung Local Municipality, for conducting an investor perception survey in the same municipality and for supporting the alignment of the Free State Growth and Development Strategy (FSPGDS) within the national spatial development perspectives. The CDS team is front, from the left: Mr Willem Ellis (Executive Officer of the International Institute for Development Ethics at the UFS), Prof. Lucius Botes (Director of the CDS), Ms Dorie Olivier (Course Co-ordinator: Development Studies Programme); middle: Dr Zacheus Matebesi (Research Associate), Prof. Lochner Marais (Researcher); back: Ms Deidré van Rooyen (Researcher), Mr Molefi Lenka (Researcher), Ms Anita Venter (Researcher), Ms Kholisa Sigenu (Researcher), and Ms Julia Kambule (Student Assistant).

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