Look after your mental health and wellbeing

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing can look different to everyone. It's about finding a balance in all aspects of your life that works for you. It's about your whole person: physical, mental, social and emotional. Making small adjustments can help you learn what works for you and stay well.

There are many things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Some are simple, others more challenging. Being aware of them and making a plan is a great place to start.

Sleep well

Good quality sleep is a key factor in supporting your mental health and wellbeing. It can help with your mood, your memory and your ability to manage stress.

Learn about sleep and mental health

Keep active

Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy. You don’t have to exercise all the time, even small amounts of activity can help you feel the benefits.

Learn ways to keep active

Eat well

Food plays a vital role in maintaining your mental and physical health. Eating well can be hard but there are ways to establish and maintain a healthy diet that can work for you.

Learn about eating well and mental health

Establish a good routine

Following basic day-to-day rituals and routines can help reduce the build-up of stress. And in times of uncertainty, help remind you things are within your control.

Learn about routines and mental health

Practise mindfulness

Practising mindfulness can be a great way to reduce stress, manage your emotions and improve your sleep.

Learn about mindfulness and mental health

Create a plan to stay well

Writing down what you want to do to support your mental health and wellbeing can help keep it front of mind. It can also help you act earlier when you’re feeling unwell.

You may find it useful to get input from people you trust. We've developed our Wellbeing Action Tool to help you create a plan.

It’s important to remember that your plan is likely to develop and evolve. Make sure to review it often and update as you need.

Download the Wellbeing Action Tool

Your plan could include:

  • what you like to do to keep well
  • what you must do to keep well
  • any goals you have
  • your triggers and ideal response
  • things you notice about yourself when you start feeling unwell
  • things others notice about you when you start feeling unwell.

Get support

Poor mental health can affect any of us at any time. Some events can put us at greater risk. If you’re going through a hard time right now, support is available.

  • Grief and loss – find tips on looking after yourself or a loved one after a significant loss.
  • Drugs and alcohol – learn how addictions can impact your mental health and tips on changing habits.
  • Work and stress stress at work isn’t always bad. But when there’s too much, or it goes on too long, your mental health can suffer.
  • Workplace bullying and harassment- bullying, harassment and other poor workplace behaviours can cause significant work-related stress. This can lead to poor mental health.
  • Burnout - find out what burnout is, what causes it and how you can protect your mental health.
  • Financial wellbeing– find tools to get on top of your money and help with financial stress.
  • Losing your job – losing your job, losing work or not having enough work can be a difficult experience. No matter how it happens, it can affect your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Parenting and mental health – find information for parents and carers to help you support the mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person.
  • Look after yourself as a supporter – find tips for looking after yourself when supporting someone else.
  • Small business owners, sole traders and mental health - being responsible for a small business can be rewarding. But it can also take its toll. Learn what you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Pregnancy and early parenthood – find information and support for new and expectant parents on Healthy Families.
  • Educator wellbeing- support for early learning service and school educators from Be You.

Connect with others

Connecting with others is a great way to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Learn from others like you

Anonymously read, share and learn from people who understand what you're going through.

The Beyond Blue Forums is a welcoming peer support community.

Join the Forums

Stories to inspire you

Sharing a story about mental health is one of the bravest things anyone can do.

Hear how others from the community are moving through their own mental health experiences and be inspired by their journeys.

Explore personal stories

Represent Beyond Blue

Volunteering for Beyond Blue is a great way to encourage conversations about mental health in the community, help to reduce stigma and the impacts of anxiety and depression.  

Volunteer with us

Relaxation exercises

Relaxation techniques can help to relax the mind and body. They can also manage some symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Find relaxation exercises

If you're recovering from a mental health condition

Everyone's recovery journey is unique. But with the right support, most people with anxiety and depression recover. Many people find their condition doesn’t disappear completely, but they are able to manage it.

Remember to be patient with yourself. Use setbacks as learning experiences. Have confidence in yourself, but don’t be afraid to ask for support.

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Find activities, guidance and inspiration to help you find the balance in all areas of your life while navigating the ups and downs.

Find tips and strategies

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