Healthy habits

Lifestyle tips and advice to help you create healthy habits to support your wellbeing every day.

Live better for your best mental health

Your mental health changes throughout your life, with many ups and downs along the way. But there are some healthy habits that can help improve your wellbeing through good times and bad. Of course, wellbeing is different for everyone, but generally speaking, it’s about being balanced in four key areas of your life: physically, socially, emotionally and mentally.

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Manage stress better

With so many great strategies out there to help manage stress, there’s an option for everyone — try them out and find the one for you.

Wellbeing and mindfulness

Join clinical psychologist Emily Toner for a three-part course on wellbeing and mindfulness.

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5 simple ways to relieve stress (without a glass of wine)

Feeling overwhelmed? Calm and recharge yourself with these positive stress-reducing techniques.

The science behind mindfulness

Can mindfulness help us to de-stress, remain calm and be more productive?

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is Australia’s leading mindfulness meditation app providing a range of programs for adults, children and families all designed by psychologists and educators. Through guided meditations and mindfulness activities, you can learn to manage the challenges of daily life at home, school and work. Medibank is proud to be the Official Health Partner of Smiling Mind.

Bounce back better

Building your resilience helps you to bounce back when things get difficult. 

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Raising resilient children

Discover why building resilience in children is so worthwhile and what you can do to foster it. 

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How to build your emotional resilience

Life has a habit of testing our limits - mental resilience is your chance to bounce back.

Connect better

A sense of connection to friends, family and community is an important part of your wellbeing and can help protect you from anxiety and depression.

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Why a healthy social life might be the key to living longer

What increases your chance of living longer? Clean air or good friends? The results may surprise you.

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Is loneliness impacting your wellbeing?

1 in 4 Australian adults report feeling lonely. Find out how loneliness can affect your health, and ways to feel more connected.

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Staying connected at a time of social distancing

How you can practice social distancing without feeling isolated.

Sleep better

‘Deep sleep’ and ‘REM sleep’ help the body regenerate physically and mentally.

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How a lack of sleep affects your mental health

A lack of sleep can have further reaching implications for your mental health than just feeling tired the next day. 

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How to set up your bedroom for better sleep

For a rejuvenating night’s rest, a dreamy, calming sleep space is essential. The sleep experts share some secrets.

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Managing negative thinking before bed

Anxiety and intrusive negative thoughts often pop up right before going to sleep. But why?

Move better

Exercise can help release feel-good chemicals in the brain, help you sleep better and can help to focus your attention on goals that you set. 

Movement for your mind

Join clinical psychologist Emily Toner for a three-part course on movement for your mind. 

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Can exercise improve your mental health?

Do you have anxiety or depression? Find out how exercise can help. Getting active can help boost your mood, calm you down, and potentially even prevent depression. Accredited Exercise Physiologist Jacinta Brinsley explains.

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Struggling to exercise? Start with two minutes

Personal trainer Lizzy Williamson shares how a simple concept can help you push through any resistance to exercise.

Eat better

Eating nutritious and healthy meals can give you a sense of wellbeing both physically and mentally.

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The good mood diet

Can nourishing our bodies boost our minds? Accredited Practising Dietitian Nicole Dynan explains how healthy food can make us feel brighter and more energised.

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Healthy recipe inspiration

The best in tasty treats, nutritious ideas, easy recipes and more to help you feel your best.

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Healthy eating made easy

Nutritonist Catherine Saxelby shares 10 simple tips to improve your diet.

Medibank health support and services

As an eligible Medibank member, you get more than just health insurance. You get extra support, when you need it most.

Mental Health Phone Support

Members with Hospital cover~ can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 1800 644 325.

Live Better at Home

At Medibank, we know that caring for yourself helps you to care for those around you. That’s why we’ve created Live Better at Home. We're encouraging all Australians to join our eat, move and feel activities that will help us all stay active, stay healthy and Live Better at Home.

Live Better app

Live better, get rewarded. Download the Live Better app today and as an eligible Medibank member with hospital or extras cover you can start earning points that go towards rewards, simply for looking after your health.*

Medibank has a wide range of health and wellbeing services to support eligible members with their mental health.

Looking for more support?

When you’re concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, it’s good to know that help and support are available. Read about how health cover can help and find out about our exclusive member services.

Finding support

When you’re going through a tough time, it’s not always easy to know where to start.  We can help advise and guide you through your options.            

Using your cover

Whether you have hospital cover, extras, or both, we’ll show you how Medibank health cover can help you access a range of mental health support services.

Things you need to know

~ OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

* Must be 18 years or over and have a valid Australian residential address to register for Medibank Live Better. Must be a Medibank member with hospital cover, extras cover, or hospital and extras cover, be up-to-date with premium payments and have signed up to Medibank Live Better with ‘My Medibank’ or have linked their MyMedibank account with their Live Better account to redeem rewards. Excludes Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), Ambulance only cover, ahm covers and other selected covers. Read full Medibank Live Better terms here.

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).