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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 Xtravaganza is back!
2010-09-30

Kovsie Xtravaganza is back! On 12 October 2010 the students of the University of the Free State will blow off the roof in the Sand du Plessis Theatre with a variety of sounds, colours and great talent! The guest artists for the performance are the well-acclaimed Bala Brothers. Audience members can expect a production filled with wonderful vocals, contemporary songs, dance routines and fashion that will make you jump on your seat and scream!

The Xtravaganza is a show case of the best talent on Kovsie campus. Hip-hop and panzula dancers, graffiti artists, a student string quartet, jazz band, marimba band, various vocal groups and the winners of the campus serenade competition, as well as soloists that the Xtravaganza audiences have become used to in recent years.

Date:               Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Time:               20:00

Venue:            Sand du Plessis Theatre

Cost:               R100, at the PACOFS ticket office

For more information contact Corneil Muller at 082 551 6833.
 

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