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How to keep mentally healthy

As we grow older we have more time to do the things we enjoy, whether it’s a walk on the beach and a coffee with friends, or being with your family and nurturing your garden.

As you get older you can experience many changes– from lifestyle to physical and mental health changes. Your wellbeing is as important now as at any other stage of life.

We may not have the work and family commitments that used to take so much of our time, but it’s important that we stay active, stay connected to others and find things that provide a real sense of purpose in our lives.

Being active, having a sense of belonging and doing something meaningful, all contribute to our mental health.

Use the Act Belong Commit principles to get on the front foot with your mental health and wellbeing.

Act: Do something

Keep active – mentally, physically, socially, spiritually, culturally…

Go for a walk, do some gardening, read a book, call a friend or Facetime your family, take up a new hobby, go for a swim or a ride, meditate.

Older people singing in a choir

Belong: Do something with someone

Keep connected – to friends, family and your community.

Spend more time with family and friends, join a book club, Men’s shed or drama group, go for walks or bike rides with friends, check out your local community groups and events.

Commit: Do something meaningful

Do something meaningful, important and valuable to you.

Volunteer and share your time and skills for a cause close to your heart, take on a challenge, learn something new or start a new project, help a neighbour.

Want more tips?

Check out How to keep mentally healthy for more tips and inspiration on how you can Act Belong Commit today!

Older man on a rug in his house

Watch our Storytelling Series ‘Words to Live by’, showcasing how West Australian seniors Act Belong Commit in their daily lives and champion positive mental health.