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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Get Healthy
Keep Learning
Show Kindness
Connect more
Take Notice
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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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    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. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Try Sunday meal prepping

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Disconnect from technology

    Make time each day to disconnect from technology and observe the simple beauty of the world around you.

    Make time each day to disconnect from technology and observe the simple beauty of the world around you.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Send a handwritten letter

    You might send a letter to say thank you, to celebrate a birthday, to accept an invitation, or even with a holiday card.

    You might send a letter to say thank you, to celebrate a birthday, to accept an invitation, or even with a holiday card.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Listen to a podcast

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness

    Donate blood

    Roll up your sleeves and donate blood. Your generous donation could help save three lives.

    Roll up your sleeves and donate blood. Your generous donation could help save three lives.

  • 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.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Offer support

    Reach out to a friend or relative who may need support or company. A little human kindness can go a long way. 

    Reach out to a friend or relative who may need support or company. A little human kindness can go a long way. 

  • 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.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    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).

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Share your gratitude

    Try sharing something you are grateful for in conversation. Not only will you feel good, but you'll share your positivity with others too. 

    Try sharing something you are grateful for in conversation. Not only will you feel good, but you'll share your positivity with others too. 

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.