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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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Start your postgraduate journey: Open Day 2016
2016-06-13

Postgraduate Open Day
Programme

You find yourself in the final year of your studies and are keen to step out into the real world, or you are already earning a salary and want to advance yourself in the corporate world. However, the truth is that, if you want to stand out and be heard in a very noisy employment landscape, you have to improve your competitive advantage.

Postgraduate studies give you the edge, and open up a greater chance of opportunities, such as:

Quick fact:
Your B degree is no longer enough
to enable you to climb the corporate
ladder to success. The answer to
your dilemma is Postgraduate
Studies
.

•    Improving your employability
•    Earning a higher income
•    Developing your communication, critical-thinking
      and problem-solving skills
•    Inspiring change in your community
•    Networking with people of all ages and backgrounds

One of the major investments to enhance postgraduate studies at the University of the Free State (UFS), is the Postgraduate School. As an intellectual space, designed specifically with postgraduate students in mind, its main purpose is to make your life easier and the postgraduate road less bumpy by supporting and guiding you through:

•    Supervision
•    Writing skills training
•    Multiple seminars, conferences, webinars, and workshops on research and scholarship
•    Assistance to access funding opportunities

In order to assist you in selecting a postgraduate path, the UFS is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day.

Date: 22 June 2016
Time: Centenary Complex, UFS Bloemfontein Campus (Consult the map for directions)
Venue: 08:30-12:00
Contact details
Postgraduate Prospectus 2017

Join us to get the inside track on reshaping your future.

 

 

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