My hubby has off work all week. He easily gets a bit stir-crazy, so I knew he would want to do something at some point. Then, yesterday, he decides that we should go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Yep, and I have a broken foot.
Let me tell you, that “walk” to get into the zoo and get a wheelchair was ridiculous. I was about ready to sit down and say “No, you go ahead. I’ll stay here, on the ground, on the bike path. People can go around me.”
Well, once I got the wheelchair, things got better. I was able to enjoy being out and in the sunshine. The weather was amazing and the animals were out and playing. The tiger even roared!
Granted, it was not a “best experience ever”, but it did end up being worth the effort it took.
A part of DBT therapy in living a healthy and balanced life is to ‘build positive experiences’, and thought challenge. Both of which I did yesterday. Agreeing to go and trying and actually doing it built a positive experience. Then, while I was waiting for Ty to get back to me with the wheelchair, I wrote down what I was grateful for in the moment, and it helped lift my spirits. I was able to turn my mood around using skills that I learned in DBT and lean on my support system a bit to help me get past the difficulty of getting into the zoo.
Also, I bought a purple sloth and have named it Thelma. She is the girlfriend to the other sloth that I have named Thurmy. That is the new rule, if we go somewhere and I buy a stuffed animal, it has to have a cool name before we leave the store. Fair trade, I think…