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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Create a consistent bedtime routine

    Let your mind and body know that it's time to wind down by creating a relaxing bedtime routine. Try reading, listening to music, having a warm bath or shower, or deep breathing exercises.

    Let your mind and body know that it's time to wind down by creating a relaxing bedtime routine. Try reading, listening to music, having a warm bath or shower, or deep breathing exercises.

  • 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! 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Keep Learning Keep learning, Take Notice Take notice

    Give yoga a go

    Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Find a free online video and try it for yourself. 

    Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Find a free online video and try it for yourself. 

  • 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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Do some colouring

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Learn a new skill

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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.