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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  • 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.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Revisit an old favourite

    Re-read your favourite book, or re-watch your favourite childhood movie - see if it makes you feel the same way.

    Re-read your favourite book, or re-watch your favourite childhood movie - see if it makes you feel the same way.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Take Notice Take notice

    Practice mindful eating

    Pay careful attention to the look, the smell, the taste and the texture of your food. Eat slowly. Savour it. 

    Pay careful attention to the look, the smell, the taste and the texture of your food. Eat slowly. Savour it. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Take Notice Take notice

    Help a neighbour

    Offer to take out or bring in a neighbour's rubbish bins, or to help them with yard maintenance. 

    Offer to take out or bring in a neighbour's rubbish bins, or to help them with yard maintenance. 

  • 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.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning, Connect more Connect more

    Discover your family history

    Researching your family history is a great way to activate your mind, spend more time talking to your relatives and connect with your roots. Get started at the State Library of Queensland website.

    Researching your family history is a great way to activate your mind, spend more time talking to your relatives and connect with your roots. Get started at the State Library of Queensland website.

  • Connect more Connect more

    Put your phone away

    Put your phone down when you're talking to people so it doesn’t distract you from your conversation. It will make them feel better too, knowing they have your full attention.

    Put your phone down when you're talking to people so it doesn’t distract you from your conversation. It will make them feel better too, knowing they have your full attention.

  • 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.

  • 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, Keep Learning Keep learning

    Get creative in the kitchen and try a new recipe

    Fuel your body with a new, nutritious recipe. Check out the Healthier. Happier. website for free recipe inspiration. 

    Fuel your body with a new, nutritious recipe. Check out the Healthier. Happier. website for free recipe inspiration. 

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.