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
Keep Learning
Show Kindness
Connect more
Take Notice
Embrace Nature

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  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Try something new each week

    Challenge yourself to try one new thing each week. It could be a new recipe, hobby or even a new type of exercise.

    Challenge yourself to try one new thing each week. It could be a new recipe, hobby or even a new type of exercise.

  • 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.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Take a different route

    Try taking a different route to work or university and pay attention to your new surroundings.

    Try taking a different route to work or university and pay attention to your new surroundings.

  • 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. 

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Bring friends together

    Introduce friends who you think might have something in common. 

    Introduce friends who you think might have something in common. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Forge an inter-generational friendship

    Catch up with someone from another generation and talk about their experiences growing up. Check out #OldMate to connect with people of all ages in your area. 

    Catch up with someone from another generation and talk about their experiences growing up. Check out #OldMate to connect with people of all ages in your area. 

  • 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. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Take the 10,000 step challenge

    Challenge yourself to walk, jog or run 10,000 steps each day. This is a great way to be more active and will help improve your overall health. Try building the intensity to make sure you get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. You can track your steps using an app or step counter. 

    Challenge yourself to walk, jog or run 10,000 steps each day. This is a great way to be more active and will help improve your overall health. Try building the intensity to make sure you get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. You can track your steps using an app or step counter. 

  • Connect more Connect more, Take Notice Take notice

    Spend time with animals

    Pay attention to how they move their bodies, what makes them excited or calm, and what they choose to explore. Notice how they make you feel when you're around them. 

    Pay attention to how they move their bodies, what makes them excited or calm, and what they choose to explore. Notice how they make you feel when you're around them. 

  • 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! 

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.