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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 presents workshop on agricultural strategy
2007-12-14

The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently presented a workshop on agricultural strategy on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Chantelle Illbury, co-author with Clem Sunter of the book "Games Foxes Play - Planning for Extraordinary Times". At the workshop were, from the left: Mr Willie Anderson (Agricultural economist from PFS in Ladybrand), Ms Illbury, Prof. Kobus Laubscher (Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS), Prof. Johan Willemse (Chairperson of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS and co-facilitator of the workshop).

 

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
14 December 2007

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