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

    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, 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! 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Offer support

    Reach out to a friend or relative who may need support or company. A little human kindness can go a long way. 

    Reach out to a friend or relative who may need support or company. A little human kindness can go a long way. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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, 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, 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.