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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  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Pitch a tent in your backyard

    Camp outside for a night in your backyard. Enjoy the stars, and experience your garden in a new way. 

    Camp outside for a night in your backyard. Enjoy the stars, and experience your garden in a new way. 

  • 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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Brush with the other hand

    The everday task of brushing your teeth is a perfect opportunity to practise mindfullness. Try focusing on how the toothbrush feels brushing over each tooth, the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of doing this repetitive activity in a different way.

    The everday task of brushing your teeth is a perfect opportunity to practise mindfullness. Try focusing on how the toothbrush feels brushing over each tooth, the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of doing this repetitive activity in a different way.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Do something nice

    Try performing a random act of kindness for someone and notice how that makes you feel.

    Try performing a random act of kindness for someone and notice how that makes you feel.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    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.

  • 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. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Say thank you

    Say “thank you” to someone for something they’ve done for you. It could be in the moment, or for a kind deed in the past. 

    Say “thank you” to someone for something they’ve done for you. It could be in the moment, or for a kind deed in the past. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    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.

  • 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, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Join a free exercise class

    There are a lot of free online classes and workouts you can do from the comfort of your house. To add intensity or build strength try using items around the home as weights.

    There are a lot of free online classes and workouts you can do from the comfort of your house. To add intensity or build strength try using items around the home as weights.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Grow your own fruit and veg

    Growing your own produce is a great way to help increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake.  Not only will it help you eat seasonally and save money, but gardening helps you stay physically active. Visit the Healthier. Happier. website to find out how to get your garden started.

    Growing your own produce is a great way to help increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake.  Not only will it help you eat seasonally and save money, but gardening helps you stay physically active. Visit the Healthier. Happier. website to find out how to get your garden started.

  • Connect more Connect more

    Catch up with old friends

    Make contact with an old friend you haven't seen for a while to arrange a catch up. 

    Make contact with an old friend you haven't seen for a while to arrange a catch up. 

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.