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

    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.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Disconnect from technology

    Make time each day to disconnect from technology and observe the simple beauty of the world around you.

    Make time each day to disconnect from technology and observe the simple beauty of the world around you.

  • 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, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Finish your food

    Reduce food waste by using the food you already have in your fridge before buying more. Plus, you'll discover some amazing new flavour combinations.  

    Reduce food waste by using the food you already have in your fridge before buying more. Plus, you'll discover some amazing new flavour combinations.  

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Watch a foreign film

    Watch a foreign film and see what you learn about the language and culture. Search the world movies available for free at SBS On Demand. 

    Watch a foreign film and see what you learn about the language and culture. Search the world movies available for free at SBS On Demand. 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Get some sun

    Spend some time in the sun and observe how it feels on your skin (remembering to observe sun safety rules as well).

    Spend some time in the sun and observe how it feels on your skin (remembering to observe sun safety rules as well).

  • 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

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Create something new

    Creating something from scratch can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Try an art class or craft workshop, or get out your tools and let the creative juices flow. 

    Creating something from scratch can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Try an art class or craft workshop, or get out your tools and let the creative juices flow. 

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.