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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  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try composting

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

    Doing things that connect you to the earth, like composting, can really help you feel good. Collect your food waste and add it to your bin to create rich soil for your garden.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

    Do some colouring

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

    Google 'mindful colouring' to find free printable colouring sheets. You're never too old to enjoy colouring in!

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Brush with the other hand

    The everday task of brushing your teeth is a perfect opportunity to practise mindfullness. Try focusing on how the toothbrush feels brushing over each tooth, the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of doing this repetitive activity in a different way.

    The everday task of brushing your teeth is a perfect opportunity to practise mindfullness. Try focusing on how the toothbrush feels brushing over each tooth, the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of doing this repetitive activity in a different way.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Try progressive muscle relaxation

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves contracting and relaxing the muscles from head to toe in a sequence. Check out Beyond Blue's MP3 downloads to help get you started.

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves contracting and relaxing the muscles from head to toe in a sequence. Check out Beyond Blue's MP3 downloads to help get you started.

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Think positive

    Take time to check in with your thoughts and consciously change negative thoughts to something more positive.

    Take time to check in with your thoughts and consciously change negative thoughts to something more positive.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning

    Learn a new skill

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

    Follow an online tutorial and learn how to do something new. You can join State Library of Queensland for free access to Lynda.com - an eLearning platform that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials.

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.