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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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Qwaqwa Campus closed until further notice
2016-05-12

Due to disruptions and protests on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS), and after careful consideration of the prevailing circumstances and continued damage to property, intimidation of staff and students the past two days, the campus management has decided that it will be in the best interest of the safety of students, staff, and property, to close the campus until further notice.
 
Students and staff were instructed to leave the campus with immediate effect. Students were also requested to take all their personal belongings and study material for the examinations when they leave the campus. No student will be allowed on the campus until the university is ready to continue with the business of teaching and learning. The campus management will accordingly inform staff and students as to when they intend to re-open the campus.

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