A "Time to Talk" Week May 17-22
Earn badges during the "Time to Talk" week challenge from Monday, May 17-22. Each day will present a new opportunity to participate. You can follow along and log the activities in which you participate for the chance to win drawing prizes.
Monday: Click HERE to Create a badge - Start the week off by making a commitment to this week and creating your very own badge you can share to inspire others to join you in this week. Share your badge with us by using the hashtag #WellPowerUp
Tuesday: Favorite friendship activity- Participating in an activity and checking in with your friends. Sending a simple message letting them know you are thinking about them and value their friendship. Sharing a personal story of a struggle you have been through with your mental health with a friend.
Wednesday: Feeling check in with a loved one- Start by both of you completing a body scan. Do you feel tense, is your heart racing, are you calm? Next direct your attention to your mind. What are you thinking and feeling? Are you feeling low, maybe happy? Then dig deeper and describe these feelings more specifically. Could you be feeling jealousy, guilty, excited? Doing this on a regular basis when our feelings are not as strong can help prepare us for moments where our emotions may be out of control or in a crisis state.
Thursday: Lunch with a coworker- Lunch, coffee, a phone call. Talk about mental health and other topics not related to work with a co-worker, colleague, fellow student, other stay at home parents, or acquaintances. Take some time to talk to others about how their mental health matters.
Friday: Stigmatizing language activity- Participate in an activity that will help bring attention to stigmatizing language surrounding mental health. Some ideas include- creating art such as poster or sign with a slogan that discusses stigmatizing language. Address a letter or email to a company or news broadcast that may be unaware that some of their language has been stigmatizing and give suggestions of what could be more appropriate.
This website is a good place to start learning more about stigmatizing language.
Saturday: Self Care Saturday- get a massage, start a cycle of encouragement by telling someone near to you what you appreciate about them, learn a new skill, participate in your favorite hobby or physical activity, do something nice for someone anonymously, call a friend or sibling when you know they can’t answer and leave a funny made up song as your voicemail, watch your favorite movie from start to finish, go to a support group meeting, find and listen to a podcast about a topic that interests you. Take some time to enjoy today.
May Mental Wellbeing Challenge May 1- May 31
In the mental wellbeing challenge, virtual badges and actual prizes will be awarded for those who log miles--converted from minutes--for several mental wellbeing activities, including meditation, volunteering, reading, gratitude-journaling, group exercise/play and more.
The WellPower Movement is a free web-based activity-tracking program that motivates members to adopt healthy habits by participating in wellbeing challenges throughout the year. Depending on the challenge, virtual badges and actual prizes are awarded for achieving and logging benchmark amounts of healthy activities, both physical and mental.
NOTE: The May Mental Wellbeing Challenge ends May 31, 2021, however, participants are encouraged to continue logging mental wellbeing miles throughout the year.
WellPower Challenge February 1 - April 30
Participants are invited to set goals, log activity and earn badges throughout the year. Added motivation is provided by periodic activity and mental wellness challenges. In addition to special badges, individual and group prizes are available to those who meet certain benchmarks associated with the challenge.
The flagship challenge of the WellPower Movement is the WellPower Challenge. The main goal of the WellPower Challenge is to log at least 100 activity miles between Feb. 1 and Apr. 30. Activity miles can be achieved by walking, running, biking and/or converting other physical and mental health activities. Those who accomplish 100 miles by April 30 earn the WellPower 100 badge and are automatically entered into a drawing for more than 100 top-tier prizes, including bikes, kayaks, active-apparel items and gift cards. Prizes will also be awarded for earning 50- and 25-mile badges.
NOTE: The WellPower Challenge begins Feb. 1 but registration remains open year-round.
Check the Challenge page for additional Summer and Fall challenges later in the year.