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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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Lira and Karen Zoid headlining Kovsie Stage Extravaganza
2013-09-14


Lira and Karen Zoid
13 September 2013

Kovsies and the local Bloemfontein community are in for a treat with renowned artists Lira and Karen Zoid headlining the 2013 Kovsie Stage Extravaganza.

The two artists will be on stage at the Bloemfontein Campus on Friday 20 September 2013, performing some of their biggest hit songs.

Lira is a ten-time SAMA Award winner and earlier this year she performed at US President Barack Obama's Inauguration Ball. Karen Zoid also holds a SAMA Award to her name and has been a permanent feature on the South African rock scene.

The two artists will join an illustrious list of past performers who have graced the Extravaganza stage. Some of these celebrated South African musicians include Zahara, Vusi Mahlasela and Die Heuwels Fantasies.

Lira and Zoid will be joined on stage by some of Kovsies’ most talented students who will also deliver music and dance items.

Date: Friday 20 September 2013
Venue: Callie Human Centre
Time: 19:00
Tickets: R50 (students with student card)

R100 (public)

Tickets are available at Office 8 and 9 on the Thakaneng Bridge.

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