Calming aromas for covid 19 isolation

What calming aromas for Covid 19 isolation are soothing you?

Calming aromas remind you of one indisputable truth. The only constant is change. Things will improve, they always do. It is a law of nature. Please keep that in the front of your mind as your mantra in the time of Covid 19 terror.

When my mother passed away, I was 8 months pregnant. My life was changed forever. Like thousands of family members now, I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to the person I loved most in the world. My son Alex was born just a few weeks later and grew up without a grandmother. On 9/11, my precious son was in Washington D.C leading an authors’ conference for National Endowment for the Arts. Alex was the only one in his agency who stayed at his post, relocated to a hotel, taking care of his authors, during the attack. I was terrified for him and proud of his taking responsibility when others went home.

Alex and I were not together in those difficult days following 9/11, and we are not together now. In Connecticut with his family, he shows me on FaceTime the daffodils outside his front door that we planted two years ago. That rebirth of nature brings me comfort. We bought a birdhouse back then, and the birds have returned.

Nature can be harsh and destructive but it also brings hope with spring

If you wake up worrying and spend your days looking at news, can you identify calming aromas to reassure you of past and future joy? You may smell the baking bread, the cookies, and cakes in your oven, or from your neighbors’ ovens. So many people are turning to cooking to comfort themselves and their families in these days of isolation. The aromas of the kitchen may be the most soothing of all, but you’ll find many other soothing aromas all around you.

Calming aromas for covid 19 isolation
Here I am with no makeup and blooming jasmine

What’s springing in your area? The East Coast office of ROR in Florida, is now in its 4th week of isolation, and the jasmine and gardenias are blooming by the front door. We miss our coworkers and friends. We bake cookies and bread for our neighbors. What are you doing to feel better? What are you doing to help others?

My dreams at night are about separation, about needing to be with my loved ones, and worrying about the health of the nation and the world. You are no doubt worrying, and dreaming, about the same things. There are so many areas of concern; but when I open the front door and smell the fragrances of spring, I am comforted by the predictability of nature. Nature is about birth and death and for so many of us in recovery, helping others. When I bake something and share with my neighbors who pick up the treats when I’ve gone, I feel connected. If you’re feeling annoyed with loved ones at home, here’s an article to stop the conflict. If you don’t feel safe right now, call the hotline.

Calming aromas can comfort you today. What are your favorites?

Calming aromas of vovid 19 isolation
The soothing aroma of Gardenia

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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