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

    Start a gratitude jar

    Write down something you're grateful for each day and place it in an empty jar or container to reflect on at a later time. Get your whole family or workplace involved. When it's full, take turns to read aloud the things everyone is grateful for. 

    Write down something you're grateful for each day and place it in an empty jar or container to reflect on at a later time. Get your whole family or workplace involved. When it's full, take turns to read aloud the things everyone is grateful for. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Take on a DIY project

    Learn how to fix a broken bike or a squeaky door. You'll find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to get you started. 

    Learn how to fix a broken bike or a squeaky door. You'll find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to get you started. 

  • Connect more Connect more

    Call instead of texting

    Having a real conversation can have a much more positive effect on your wellbeing than sending a text. 

    Having a real conversation can have a much more positive effect on your wellbeing than sending a text. 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Watch the sun rise

    Set your alarm and wake up with the sun. It's a great way to appreciate the beauty of mother nature as your day begins. 

    Set your alarm and wake up with the sun. It's a great way to appreciate the beauty of mother nature as your day begins. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Try deep breathing

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness

    Donate blood

    Roll up your sleeves and donate blood. Your generous donation could help save three lives.

    Roll up your sleeves and donate blood. Your generous donation could help save three lives.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Connect more Connect more

    Play a board game

    Switch off the TV after dinner and play board games with your family or house mates.

    Switch off the TV after dinner and play board games with your family or house mates.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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.