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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  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Read something different

    Try reading a book from a genre you don't usually choose. Have a look at your community library, or borrow an ebook online from State Library of Queensland. 

    Try reading a book from a genre you don't usually choose. Have a look at your community library, or borrow an ebook online from State Library of Queensland. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Try something new each week

    Challenge yourself to try one new thing each week. It could be a new recipe, hobby or even a new type of exercise.

    Challenge yourself to try one new thing each week. It could be a new recipe, hobby or even a new type of exercise.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Do a puzzle

    Challenge your mind with a sudoku or crossword. Check your local newspaper or find free puzzle apps and websites online.   

    Challenge your mind with a sudoku or crossword. Check your local newspaper or find free puzzle apps and websites online.   

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Take up a new hobby

    Having a hobby is the perfect way to relax and lose yourself in an activity you enjoy. Try knitting, writing fan fiction, or learn how to DJ.

    Having a hobby is the perfect way to relax and lose yourself in an activity you enjoy. Try knitting, writing fan fiction, or learn how to DJ.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Keep Learning Keep learning

    Get creative in the kitchen and try a new recipe

    Fuel your body with a new, nutritious recipe. Check out the Healthier. Happier. website for free recipe inspiration. 

    Fuel your body with a new, nutritious recipe. Check out the Healthier. Happier. website for free recipe inspiration. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning, Connect more Connect more

    Discover your family history

    Researching your family history is a great way to activate your mind, spend more time talking to your relatives and connect with your roots. Get started at the State Library of Queensland website.

    Researching your family history is a great way to activate your mind, spend more time talking to your relatives and connect with your roots. Get started at the State Library of Queensland website.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Watch a documentary

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Take on a DIY project

    Learn how to fix a broken bike or a squeaky door. You'll find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to get you started. 

    Learn how to fix a broken bike or a squeaky door. You'll find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to get you started. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Keep Learning Keep learning, Take Notice Take notice

    Give yoga a go

    Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Find a free online video and try it for yourself. 

    Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Find a free online video and try it for yourself. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Try progressive muscle relaxation

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves contracting and relaxing the muscles from head to toe in a sequence. Check out Beyond Blue's MP3 downloads to help get you started.

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves contracting and relaxing the muscles from head to toe in a sequence. Check out Beyond Blue's MP3 downloads to help get you started.

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    Develop your professional skills

    Spend time on professional development. You could book a short course, join an online career group or even subscribe to an industry newsletter.

    Spend time on professional development. You could book a short course, join an online career group or even subscribe to an industry newsletter.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Learn a new skill

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

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.