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

    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

    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.

  • 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.  

  • Show Kindness Show kindness, Connect more Connect more

    Share your gratitude

    Try sharing something you are grateful for in conversation. Not only will you feel good, but you'll share your positivity with others too. 

    Try sharing something you are grateful for in conversation. Not only will you feel good, but you'll share your positivity with others too. 

  • 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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy, Embrace Nature Embrace nature

    Join a free exercise class

    There are a lot of free online classes and workouts you can do from the comfort of your house. To add intensity or build strength try using items around the home as weights.

    There are a lot of free online classes and workouts you can do from the comfort of your house. To add intensity or build strength try using items around the home as weights.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Get Healthy Get healthy

    Try Sunday meal prepping

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

    Take time to pre-prepare your meals for the week. You could save time and money, plus you'll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating.

  • 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

    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. 

  • 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.

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.