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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  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Enjoy a meal outdoors

    Go for a picnic, or set up an outdoor dining space at home. Not sure where to go? Search for a picnic spot in a national park or forest near you.

    Go for a picnic, or set up an outdoor dining space at home. Not sure where to go? Search for a picnic spot in a national park or forest near you.

  • 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

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Ask for help

    Notice the moments you feel overwhelmed and ask someone for help. Even a quick chat can help you feel calmer. 

    Notice the moments you feel overwhelmed and ask someone for help. Even a quick chat can help you feel calmer. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Look for ways to get active

    Get creative with how you stay active. Try walking around whenever you are on the phone and get moving between TV ad breaks or episodes. Increasing your incidental exercise will help you keep active and feeling good.

    Get creative with how you stay active. Try walking around whenever you are on the phone and get moving between TV ad breaks or episodes. Increasing your incidental exercise will help you keep active and feeling good.

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Reduce your plastic use

    Feel more connected to the earth by reducing the amount of single-use plastic you use. Try alternatives like beeswax wraps or paper straws.

    Feel more connected to the earth by reducing the amount of single-use plastic you use. Try alternatives like beeswax wraps or paper straws.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Watch the sun rise

    Set your alarm and wake up with the sun. It's a great way to appreciate the beauty of mother nature as your day begins. 

    Set your alarm and wake up with the sun. It's a great way to appreciate the beauty of mother nature as your day begins. 

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Get an indoor plant

    Bring the beauty of the natural world indoors, by adding a plant to your office or around your home. 

    Bring the beauty of the natural world indoors, by adding a plant to your office or around your home. 

  • 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.

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.