This year, the focus of Queensland Mental Health Week is ‘Take Time – for mental health’.

The Queensland Health Mental Wellbeing Initiative suggests 6 Building Blocks for creating and supporting positive mental health, which we love!

Get Healthy

Getting Healthy is a BIG building block, and it’s incredibly important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s suggested that you:

  • Get active, with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It doesn’t have to be at the gym, find something you love to do.
  • Eat well, to provide your body (including your brain) the nourishment it needs to perform well.
  • Get a decent amount of rest. For many people, around 8 hours of restful sleep will help give your brain the ‘down-time’ it needs.

Keep Learning

It’s great for your brain to try new experiences and activities. Crosswords and Suduko are an obvious example, but there are a variety of new activities you could try, not only for the new experience but also for the new connections you can make along the way.

Show Kindness

When did you last share an act of kindness? Kindness to yourself and to others can help to improve mental health. Whether it’s through volunteering, paying it forward or gratefulness practices, it’s great for your mental resilience.

Connect More

It’s been harder than ever before to keep connected, but social connection is still a critical part of being human. You may need to practice social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you need to disconnect from your important relationships. When you continue to build and appreciate social connections, it also makes it easier to reach out to a support network when you’re in need.

Take Notice

Mindfulness exercises are an easy way to calm the mind. There are a variety of simple techniques you can find online. Many suggest a focus on your breath, which can be done anywhere, at any time. Box breathing is a classic technique. Healthline created a brilliant example of this technique that you simply breath along to.

Embrace Nature

Studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for your mental health, blood pressure and immune system. What better excuse is there to enjoy a picnic or a walk outside in our brilliant Australian weather?!


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*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.