Activities for a stronger mental wellbeing

Strong mental wellbeing gives you resilience in the face of life’s challenges and is something we can all benefit from. Fortunately, you can improve your mental wellbeing by making small changes to your daily routine.

Build your personal mental wellbeing activity deck

Below, you’ll find a collection of daily activities you can do to improve your mental wellbeing, listed on cards. You can use these activity cards as a tool to help you improve your mental wellbeing:

  1. Select the activity cards you’d like to try and create a personal deck of mental wellbeing activities.
  2. Practise 2-3 of your chosen activities each day.
  3. Check in with how you are feeling in one month.

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    Try photography

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

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    Do some colouring

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

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    Play your favourite music

    Listen to your favourite music playlist and notice how that makes you feel.

    Listen to your favourite music playlist and notice how that makes you feel.

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    Listen to a guided meditation

    There are many high-quality, free guided meditations available online. Search 'guided meditation' on Google, YouTube or your favourite podcast app. You can also try the free 10-minute guided meditation from Headspace.

    There are many high-quality, free guided meditations available online. Search 'guided meditation' on Google, YouTube or your favourite podcast app. You can also try the free 10-minute guided meditation from Headspace.

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    Try deep breathing

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

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    Stay in the present

    Be mindful not to spend time worrying about future events or reliving the past. Direct your attention to what is happening here and now and you'll feel more at peace. 

    Be mindful not to spend time worrying about future events or reliving the past. Direct your attention to what is happening here and now and you'll feel more at peace. 

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    Do some stargazing

    Head outside at night and spend time gazing at the stars. Search for constellations and shooting stars.

    Head outside at night and spend time gazing at the stars. Search for constellations and shooting stars.

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    Spend time outdoors

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

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    Anchor yourself in the moment

    Think about five things you can see, five things you can hear, five things you can smell and five things you can feel.

    Think about five things you can see, five things you can hear, five things you can smell and five things you can feel.

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    Ask for help

    Notice the moments you feel overwhelmed and ask someone for help. Even a quick chat can help you feel calmer. 

    Notice the moments you feel overwhelmed and ask someone for help. Even a quick chat can help you feel calmer. 

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    Revisit an old favourite

    Re-read your favourite book, or re-watch your favourite childhood movie - see if it makes you feel the same way.

    Re-read your favourite book, or re-watch your favourite childhood movie - see if it makes you feel the same way.

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    Get some sun

    Spend some time in the sun and observe how it feels on your skin (remembering to observe sun safety rules as well).

    Spend some time in the sun and observe how it feels on your skin (remembering to observe sun safety rules as well).

Need more support?

Practising your mental wellbeing activities regularly can help build your resilience so you bounce back faster when you’re feeling sad or down. But sometimes, you might need some professional help to feel better again. There are a range of services and organisations available to support you.