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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  • 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

    Explore art galleries or museums

    Save travelling for later and use Google Arts and Culture for a virtual tour of different exhibits around the world.

    Save travelling for later and use Google Arts and Culture for a virtual tour of different exhibits around the world.

  • 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

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Drink 2 litres of water a day

    Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best. Tired of water? See the Healthier. Happier.  website for ideas to spruce up your H2O.    

    Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best. Tired of water? See the Healthier. Happier.  website for ideas to spruce up your H2O.    

  • 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.

  • 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

    Learn a new skill

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Get an indoor plant

    Bring the beauty of the natural world indoors, by adding a plant to your office or around your home. 

    Bring the beauty of the natural world indoors, by adding a plant to your office or around your home. 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Spend time outdoors

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

  • 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.

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.