As our everyday lives continue to get busier, it's easy to forget to recharge our batteries from time to time. On 10 October, the globe will be marking World Mental Health Day - a day dedicated to appreciating the importance of good mental health and wellbeing.
If you're seeking ways to chill and de-stress, Brisbane has an abundance of spaces and activities with relaxation in mind. From jazzy parks to starry skies, luscious gardens to inspirational eBooks, there are many surprising ways to centre yourself in our subtropical city.
Find your zen place
Take time out from the hustle and bustle to balance the heart, mind and body. Council's Active and Healthy program offers a range of free or low-cost wellbeing activities designed for all experience levels to leave you feeling centered, calm, and stretched.
Say 'namaste' at one of our yoga classes, improve your Qi (life energy) with a tai chi session, or learn relaxation techniques through meditation. There are lots of other mind and body classes too, so have a look at the program.
Space out at the Planetarium
Looking for a quiet place to just 'space out' after a busy day? Have you considered the stars? Set within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is as close as you can get to space without your feet leaving the ground.
Sit back and relax as the 12.5 metre Cosmic Dome lights up with fascinating shows exploring everything from the constellations to black holes and the mysteries of space. Bookings are required for shows when planning your visit to the Planetarium.
Mother Nature after dark
The health benefits of connecting with nature are well known, but often we only associate nature with exploring green spaces during the day, when the dark nights can provide just as many opportunities to enjoy our natural environment.
Discover the wonders of flora and fauna after the sun goes down by taking one of our guided night adventures. Tuning in to the sounds, smells and sensations is a wonderful way to be mindful and in the moment.
Smooth sounds in the parkland
With more than 16 hectares of sprawling lawns, tropical gardens and sheltering trees, Roma Street Parkland is the ideal place to escape the city, while still being in the heart of it all.
Indulge in a slow start and embrace the meaning of 'easy like a Sunday morning' by pulling up a rug the first Sunday of every month for The Sound Society. Unwind to smooth jazzy tunes, all while surrounded by lush greenery. Check out what's on for more events in the Roma Street Parklands.
Curl up with a good book
Reading can be an escape from our everyday lives. Whether it's a mystery or a romance, or even a motivational autobiography, books can help quieten our minds and relieve stress.
Council's online library catalogue (eLibCat) allows members access to not only eBooks but also music, magazines and newspapers, as well as more than 30,000 free movies and documentaries via streaming service Kanopy. All from the comfort of your own home!
If you prefer the ease of someone reading to you, library members can also access more than 41,000 audiobooks - which you can either listen to online or download to your own device to enjoy anytime.
Immerse yourself in nature
Just getting out of the house can be a great tension buster, so try a peaceful stroll in an outdoor oasis.
Tucked away in suburbia is the heritage-listed Sherwood Arboretum - a beautiful 15-hectare green haven with sweeping views of the Brisbane River. Home to a collection of more than 1000 native trees, including the iconic avenue of towering Queensland kauri pines, there's no shortage of secluded spots to enjoy a coffee, meditate, or just watch people go by.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is a living museum of native and exotic plant collections. Find peace within the bamboo walls of the Japanese Garden. This green sanctuary is filled with calming elements including stone pathways, trickling ponds, and open-air pavilions to ensure visitors are in a state of zen.
Toohey Forest is an island of green tranquility on Brisbane's southside. Start or end your day with a grounding walk through grass trees, gums, and rocky outcrops, or get some perspective at one of three forest lookouts.
Just drop a line
Fishing is a great way to detach from the craziness of modern-day life. Quietly sitting and turning off your mind helps you to concentrate on yourself. There are several great spots around Brisbane where you can cast a line - no boat is needed for these land-based fishing platforms.
If you're 'fresh' to the world of fishing, Council regularly hosts fishing events and activities throughout Brisbane for different ages groups and abilities.