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

    Ask 'how are you'?

    Really listen to someone's response when you ask "how are you?". You may make a huge difference in their day. 

    Really listen to someone's response when you ask "how are you?". You may make a huge difference in their day. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Listen to a podcast

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

    Immerse yourself in a podcast in your area of interest. If you're not sure where to start, try the Queensland Health My Amazing Body podcast, which explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body. 

  • 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.

  • 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

    Go to bed early

    Getting even an hour of extra sleep can have big benefits for how you feel the next day. Making sure you get enough sleep will help make sure your brain and bodies are rested enough to respond positively to daily challenges. 

    Getting even an hour of extra sleep can have big benefits for how you feel the next day. Making sure you get enough sleep will help make sure your brain and bodies are rested enough to respond positively to daily challenges. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Connect more Connect more

    Have a day off social media

    Turn off Facebook and Instagram for a day and find other ways to really connect with people.

    Turn off Facebook and Instagram for a day and find other ways to really connect with people.

  • 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.

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.