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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  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Ask 'how are you'?

    Really listen to someone's response when you ask "how are you?". You may make a huge difference in their day. 

    Really listen to someone's response when you ask "how are you?". You may make a huge difference in their day. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Just dance

    Put on some music and bust a move. It will get both your heart and the bassline pumping. Dancing combines all the benefits of listening to music and exercising. It is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.

    Put on some music and bust a move. It will get both your heart and the bassline pumping. Dancing combines all the benefits of listening to music and exercising. It is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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! 

  • 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Drink 2 litres of water a day

    Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best. Tired of water? See the Healthier. Happier.  website for ideas to spruce up your H2O.    

    Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best. Tired of water? See the Healthier. Happier.  website for ideas to spruce up your H2O.    

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Think positive

    Take time to check in with your thoughts and consciously change negative thoughts to something more positive.

    Take time to check in with your thoughts and consciously change negative thoughts to something more positive.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try photography

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

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.