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 Get healthy, Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Grow your own fruit and veg

    Growing your own produce is a great way to help increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake.  Not only will it help you eat seasonally and save money, but gardening helps you stay physically active. Visit the Healthier. Happier. website to find out how to get your garden started.

    Growing your own produce is a great way to help increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake.  Not only will it help you eat seasonally and save money, but gardening helps you stay physically active. Visit the Healthier. Happier. website to find out how to get your garden started.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Go screen-free before bed

    Try switching off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Reducing your exposure to the bright artificial light makes it easier to fall asleep.

    Try switching off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Reducing your exposure to the bright artificial light makes it easier to fall asleep.

  • 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.

  • Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Enjoy a meal outdoors

    Go for a picnic, or set up an outdoor dining space at home. Not sure where to go? Search for a picnic spot in a national park or forest near you.

    Go for a picnic, or set up an outdoor dining space at home. Not sure where to go? Search for a picnic spot in a national park or forest near you.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Think before you speak

    Take a moment to pause before you speak to make sure your words are kind and positive.

    Take a moment to pause before you speak to make sure your words are kind and positive.

  • Take Notice Take notice, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Spend time outdoors

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

    Make time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and notice of the world around you. If you can't get outside, look for a sunny spot in the house or open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

  • Connect more Connect more

    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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.