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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  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Go to bed early

    Getting even an hour of extra sleep can have big benefits for how you feel the next day. Making sure you get enough sleep will help make sure your brain and bodies are rested enough to respond positively to daily challenges. 

    Getting even an hour of extra sleep can have big benefits for how you feel the next day. Making sure you get enough sleep will help make sure your brain and bodies are rested enough to respond positively to daily challenges. 

  • 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.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Read something different

    Try reading a book from a genre you don't usually choose. Have a look at your community library, or borrow an ebook online from State Library of Queensland. 

    Try reading a book from a genre you don't usually choose. Have a look at your community library, or borrow an ebook online from State Library of Queensland. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Listen to a podcast

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

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.