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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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UFS forms partnership with Lebone Land Care Centre


The University of the Free State (UFS) has formed a partnership with the Lebone Land Care Centre, a local non-governmental organisation taking care of HIV/Aids orphans. The partnership was formalised during the recent HIV/Aids event hosted by the Chief Directorate: Community Service at the UFS in partnership with the Life Skills HIV and Aids Unit of the Free State Department of Education. This was the biggest HIV/Aids focus event in the history of the university, which culminated with the handing over of a R10 000 cheque to the Lebone Land Care Centre. Pictured is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, Prof Frederick Fourie, handing over the cheque to the Funding Co-ordinator for Lebone Land, Mr Clint Bailey.
Photo: Dikgapane Makhetha

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