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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  • Connect more Connect more

    Play a board game

    Switch off the TV after dinner and play board games with your family or house mates.

    Switch off the TV after dinner and play board games with your family or house mates.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    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.

  • Connect more Connect more

    Call instead of texting

    Having a real conversation can have a much more positive effect on your wellbeing than sending a text. 

    Having a real conversation can have a much more positive effect on your wellbeing than sending a text. 

  • Connect more Connect more

    Have a day off social media

    Turn off Facebook and Instagram for a day and find other ways to really connect with people.

    Turn off Facebook and Instagram for a day and find other ways to really connect with people.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Go screen-free before bed

    Try switching off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Reducing your exposure to the bright artificial light makes it easier to fall asleep.

    Try switching off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Reducing your exposure to the bright artificial light makes it easier to fall asleep.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Create something new

    Creating something from scratch can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Try an art class or craft workshop, or get out your tools and let the creative juices flow. 

    Creating something from scratch can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Try an art class or craft workshop, or get out your tools and let the creative juices flow. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Take Notice Take notice

    Help a neighbour

    Offer to take out or bring in a neighbour's rubbish bins, or to help them with yard maintenance. 

    Offer to take out or bring in a neighbour's rubbish bins, or to help them with yard maintenance. 

  • 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

    Watch a foreign film

    Watch a foreign film and see what you learn about the language and culture. Search the world movies available for free at SBS On Demand. 

    Watch a foreign film and see what you learn about the language and culture. Search the world movies available for free at SBS On Demand. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Take Notice Take notice

    Practice mindful eating

    Pay careful attention to the look, the smell, the taste and the texture of your food. Eat slowly. Savour it. 

    Pay careful attention to the look, the smell, the taste and the texture of your food. Eat slowly. Savour it. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try outdoor exercise

    Exercising in natural environments can have positive effects on your self-esteem and improve your mood. Just remember to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide! 

    Exercising in natural environments can have positive effects on your self-esteem and improve your mood. Just remember to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide! 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    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.

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.