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
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  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Try active transport

    Reduce your carbon footprint and improve your fitness by walking, riding or taking public transport whenever you can.

    Reduce your carbon footprint and improve your fitness by walking, riding or taking public transport whenever you can.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Go camping

    Plan a camping trip to connect with nature and enjoy sleeping under the stars.

    Plan a camping trip to connect with nature and enjoy sleeping under the stars.

  • Keep Learning Keep learning, Connect more Connect more

    Join a book club

    Join a book club and share your reading experience with like-minded people. Find one at your local council library, start one yourself, or search Meetup for a book club near you.

    Join a book club and share your reading experience with like-minded people. Find one at your local council library, start one yourself, or search Meetup for a book club near you.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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

    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

    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. 

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Spend a day at the beach

    Go for a swim, build a sandcastle, have a picnic and explore the rock pools. To find your nearest patrolled beach, visit the beachsafe website. 

    Go for a swim, build a sandcastle, have a picnic and explore the rock pools. To find your nearest patrolled beach, visit the beachsafe website. 

  • Take Notice Take notice

    Try deep breathing

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

    It's amazing how quickly you regain a sense of peace and calm through deep breathing exercises. The Xhalr website  has a visual breathing tool to help you.

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.