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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  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Watch a documentary

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

  • 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!

  • 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

    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

    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.   

  • 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. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Take up a new hobby

    Having a hobby is the perfect way to relax and lose yourself in an activity you enjoy. Try knitting, writing fan fiction, or learn how to DJ.

    Having a hobby is the perfect way to relax and lose yourself in an activity you enjoy. Try knitting, writing fan fiction, or learn how to DJ.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Try Sunday meal prepping

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

  • 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.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness

    Think before you speak

    Take a moment to pause before you speak to make sure your words are kind and positive.

    Take a moment to pause before you speak to make sure your words are kind and positive.

  • 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.

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.