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

    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

    Do some stargazing

    Head outside at night and spend time gazing at the stars. Search for constellations and shooting stars.

    Head outside at night and spend time gazing at the stars. Search for constellations and shooting stars.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Play your favourite music

    Listen to your favourite music playlist and notice how that makes you feel.

    Listen to your favourite music playlist and notice how that makes you feel.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness

    Collect coins for charity

    Put small change to good use by collecting your loose coins in a 'giving' jar. When its full, donate it to a charity or community cause.

    Put small change to good use by collecting your loose coins in a 'giving' jar. When its full, donate it to a charity or community cause.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Stand up more

    Look for opportunities in your day to stand up, instead of sitting down. If you work in an office, consider switching to a standing desk. 

    Look for opportunities in your day to stand up, instead of sitting down. If you work in an office, consider switching to a standing desk. 

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try composting

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Reduce your caffeine

    Caffeine is a stimulant. It wakes you up in the morning, but can also keep you up at night. Try cutting out caffeine during day for a better night's sleep. 

    Caffeine is a stimulant. It wakes you up in the morning, but can also keep you up at night. Try cutting out caffeine during day for a better night's sleep. 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Pitch a tent in your backyard

    Camp outside for a night in your backyard. Enjoy the stars, and experience your garden in a new way. 

    Camp outside for a night in your backyard. Enjoy the stars, and experience your garden in a new way. 

  • 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.