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
Embrace Nature

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  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Stand up more

    Look for opportunities in your day to stand up, instead of sitting down. If you work in an office, consider switching to a standing desk. 

    Look for opportunities in your day to stand up, instead of sitting down. If you work in an office, consider switching to a standing desk. 

  • 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. 

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Take up an outdoor hobby

    Find a hobby that lets you spend more time outdoors, enjoying the natural world. Whether its surfing, bug collecting, or even outdoor archery.

    Find a hobby that lets you spend more time outdoors, enjoying the natural world. Whether its surfing, bug collecting, or even outdoor archery.

  • 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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Take the 10,000 step challenge

    Challenge yourself to walk, jog or run 10,000 steps each day. This is a great way to be more active and will help improve your overall health. Try building the intensity to make sure you get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. You can track your steps using an app or step counter. 

    Challenge yourself to walk, jog or run 10,000 steps each day. This is a great way to be more active and will help improve your overall health. Try building the intensity to make sure you get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. You can track your steps using an app or step counter. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    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.

  • 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.   

  • Connect more Connect more

    Introduce yourself

    Go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone new at work, university or in your community. 

    Go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone new at work, university or in your community. 

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try composting

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

  • 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. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Become a volunteer

    Volunteer in your local community. You could join a community group, or volunteer your time at a local school, hospital or animal shelter.

    Volunteer in your local community. You could join a community group, or volunteer your time at a local school, hospital or animal shelter.

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.