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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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Kovsie Alumni honours alumni
2008-05-21

 
Kovsie Alumni recently honoured its alumni for 2007 during a gala dinner held on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Juan Smith, member of the victorious World Cup Springbok team and captain of the 2007 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup winners, received the 2007 Kovsie Alumnus of the Year award. Dr Sherylle Calder and Dr Derick Coetzee both received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award for their role in the preparation and conditioning of the World Cup Springbok team. Prof. André Claassen was honoured with a Cum Laude Award for his contribution in the advancement of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Here are, from the left: Dr Coetzee, Dr Calder, Smith, and Prof. Claassen.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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