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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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Rotary awards UFS academic
2008-03-14

 

Rotarians of the Bloemfontein Rotary Club, associated with the UFS, celebrated the Rotary Foundation’s Peace and Conflict Award for 2008 to Prof. Heidi Hudson with some previous rotary awardees at the university. Prof. Hudson is the Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Political Science. From the left are, front: Mr Arthur Johnson (UFS Research Administration), Prof. Hudson, Mr David Yuill (Rotarian, Goldblatt Yuill Architects, also former Head of the Department of Architecture), Mr Jock Murray (Rotarian and retired head of the Department of Occupational Therapy); back: Prof. Peter Holmes (Rotarian and Head of the Department of Geography), Prof. Johan Grobbelaar (Department of Plant Sciences and previous Rotary Foundation Group study exchange member), Prof. Frederick Fourie (Rector and Vice-Chancellor and previous Rotary Foundation Scholar to Harvard) Prof. Maitland Seaman (Rotarian and Head of the Centre for Environmental Management), and Dr Jack Armour (former Rotarian and from the Department of Agricultural Economics).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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