Mental Health Awareness in Mauritius

Mauritius Mental Health Week

IQ-EQ Mauritius teams organised a series of creative activities for mental health awareness. We’re delighted to share that more than 300 employees participated in our jam-packed Mental Health Awareness month.

Here is a summary of all the activities from 9 to 27 May 2022.

Make your own stress ball

The body tends to tighten up when it gets too stressed. A physical release like squeezing a stress ball can loosen some of that tension, helping us to relax and unwind in particularly stressful moments. The teams took part in a make your own stress ball workshop.

Colouring mandalas

Our teams take part in some art therapy. Colouring frees our mind of all the daily routine stresses, allows us to relax and immerse us in meditative wellness, while stimulating our inner creative expression.

Self-awareness surveys

Self-awareness allows us to make positive behavioural changes that can lead to greater personal and interpersonal success. Personal growth is vital to your mental health, success and happiness. Our teams took part in a survey to help them become more self-aware.

Laughing therapy                

As the saying goes “laughter is the best medicine”. Laughing releases endorphins and reduces stress chemicals in the brain, thereby providing short-term relief from tension and worry. Laughing also decreases loneliness, pain, anxiety, and insomnia. The teams enjoyed some laughter therapy outdoors.

Mindfulness meditation therapy

Mindfulness reduces rumination, stress, anxiety, negative effects, and emotional reactivity. It improves focus attention and suppresses distracting information, and enhances relationship satisfaction. The teams were able to enjoy some mediation time in one of our meeting rooms.

Corporate massage

Massage helps to reduce both physical and emotional stress. With the help of professional masseurs, our colleagues were able to book a session to get a back massage.

Skincare routine and tips

Having a self-care routine has been proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, increase happiness, improve energy and so much more. The teams enjoyed a talk and demonstration on a good skincare routine.

Pet therapy

Petting an animal releases endorphins that produce a calming effect. This helps to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve our overall psychological state. Our teams enjoyed some quality time with some animals outdoors.

Other activities included:

  • Talks on emotional intelligence, work-life balance, healthy diets and mastering your emotions
  • Counselling
  • Yoga, Zumba and fitness workouts

Our colleagues shared their experiences with us:

Nafeesah: "We often underestimate the importance of self-care. The mental health awareness month organised by IQ-EQ allowed us to be part of different activities for prioritising our mental health. The corporate massage has been a great session of reboot. Choose life, protect your mental health."

Hyder: “Very good initiative! Besides the objective being commendable, I believe the delivery and activities organised were top notch! I saw it as not just helping us to relax but also to do things together with colleagues and build rapport.”

Zainab: “I attended the talk on mastering your emotions and the corporate massage session. The talk was enlightening and brought a lot of insights about managing emotions. The corporate massage was awesome.”

Laurent: “This month has been uplifting through all the amazing activities I have participated in. This experience has been amazing from start to end, and I wish to thank the whole team for it.”

We thank our colleagues for their boldness to try new activities, and for making time to take care of themselves and their mental health. Thank you to all the organisers and participants for making these events a great success!