Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Find out how building healthy habits can support your wellbeing.

Benefits of physical activity on mental health and wellbeing

Staying active has a positive effect not only on your physical health, but also on your mental health and wellbeing. Exercise releases mood-boosting chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that help make you feel good.

 

Staying active has a lot of benefits. It can:

 

  • help you sleep better
  • raise your energy levels
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • boost your mood and concentration
  • reduce loneliness and and help build connections
  • reduce the risk of some illnesses
  • release stress and lower anxiety.

 

Learn more about the benefits of exercise for mental health at HealthDirect.

For information about wellbeing in children visit raisingchildren.net.au.

Tips for staying active to support your mental health


  • Find an activity you enjoy

    Whether it’s walking with friends or joining a sporting team, if it’s something you enjoy you’re more likely to do it regularly.

  • Get active in nature

    Spending time in parks and green spaces can have a positive effect on self-esteem and mood, especially for people with depression and anxiety. Find national parks near you.

  • Take regular breaks during the day

    Set an alarm to take breaks from work or study and go for a short walk. Check out some 5 minute activities to add to your day.

  • Stand more, sit less

    Stand up if you can at the desk while you work or study. Have a little stretch and pause to take some deep breaths.

  • Active travel

    Try walking, riding or other active ways to get to work. And for the kids, check out our tips for active travel to school.



Find out more about how exercise (and many other factors) can contribute to wellbeing at Black Dog Institute.

 

Not sure how much exercise we need? Learn more about the recommended amount for adults and for children.

Sleep and wellbeing

Getting enough sleep is good for your body and your brain. It improves your mood, sharpens your concentration and increases resilience. Reducing things that keep you from restful sleep – like noise, light or stimulation like social media and screens before bed – can help you improve your sleep.


Learn more tips for healthy sleep habits in children.

Getting help

If you need urgent help, please call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.


Do you or someone you know have mental health problems? Not sure where to go for help?


The following pages have guidance on different types of mental health professionals and services.


Mental health services