The DBSA Positive Six Campaign

Six months of positive actions to connect to your health and community

Each month—May through October, 2014—we'll feature a new +6 challenge aimed at strengthening connections to your health, relationships, and community. This year’s DBSA +6 campaign will focus on thriving by enhancing wellness. Each month’s challenge will correlate with the five measurements identified in the World Health Organization’s five point WHO-5 Well-Being Index, to help you work towards feeling more active and vigorous, cheerful and in good spirits, calm and relaxed, fresh and rested, and engaged by things of interest in your daily life. We’ve added meaningful relationships as our sixth focus because we know how important good support is!

Six Monthly +6 Challenges

MAY: Spring into Motion Challenge

Shake off the winter blahs and get your body moving! Energize your body and mind—begin your day with a good stretch, dance to a favorite song, make a weekly walking date with a friend, or try a new sport. Even a marathon starts with a single step!

IMPORTANT: Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program!

JUNE: Be of Good Cheer Challenge

Spring is in bloom, and summer’s almost here! Plant the seeds of good cheer and nurture high spirits—create a daily gratitude journal, practice acts of kindness, embrace beauty, or create a playlist of uplifting songs. Cultivating joy bears the fruit of happiness.

JULY: Don’t Sweat It Challenge

Feeling the heat inside and out this summer? Enhance your cool and calm—try breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or practicing mindfulness to relieve stress. Chill out by setting aside 30 minutes each day to do nothing but unwind.

AUGUST: Get Your ZZZs Challenge

Tossing and turning all night? Try these sleep tips for a fresher, well-rested you—take an hour to make your bedroom more comfortable, go to bed and wake at the same time each day, turn off all electronics an hour before bed, and open the curtains when you wake to let the morning light in. Good sleep habits make for better nights, and days!

September: Nurturing Interests Challenge

Hungry for more passion and purpose? Embrace hobbies or activities, old or new, which bring you joy—register for an online course, cook a new dish, be a tourist in your own city, take an art course, or try container gardening. At the end of the month, invite a friend to join you in the activity that you’ve found most enjoyable.

October: Building Support Challenge

Friendship is the greatest gift! Set aside time to reconnect and strengthen your relationships—do something nice and unexpected for a loved one, reconnect with an old friend, try a support group, or consider volunteering. Thoughtful attention is one of the best gifts we can give to someone, including ourselves.