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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Anchor yourself in the moment

    Think about five things you can see, five things you can hear, five things you can smell and five things you can feel.

    Think about five things you can see, five things you can hear, five things you can smell and five things you can feel.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Just dance

    Put on some music and bust a move. It will get both your heart and the bassline pumping. Dancing combines all the benefits of listening to music and exercising. It is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.

    Put on some music and bust a move. It will get both your heart and the bassline pumping. Dancing combines all the benefits of listening to music and exercising. It is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.

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    Schedule a regular video chat catch-up

    Build a regular catch-up with friends into your routine - weekly, monthly or more. Setting a regular date is great way to see more of your friends.  

    Build a regular catch-up with friends into your routine - weekly, monthly or more. Setting a regular date is great way to see more of your friends.  

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Watch a documentary

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

    Turn movie night into a learning opportunity with a great documentary. Search for titles online or try the 'on-demand' apps provided by free-to-air TV stations. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness

    Collect coins for charity

    Put small change to good use by collecting your loose coins in a 'giving' jar. When its full, donate it to a charity or community cause.

    Put small change to good use by collecting your loose coins in a 'giving' jar. When its full, donate it to a charity or community cause.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Do something nice

    Try performing a random act of kindness for someone and notice how that makes you feel.

    Try performing a random act of kindness for someone and notice how that makes you feel.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try photography

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

    Go outside and spend time taking photos. You don't need a special camera to capture beautiful colours, textures and reflections.

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.