Sadness, anxiety, frustration, and downright anger; if you have been feeling any of these emotions lately rest assured you aren’t alone. A little lavender could help.
For its entire existence, Glade Run has helped others to manage of these difficult emotions, it’s what we do, and it’s obviously not easy. There’s no single ‘fix’ that works for everyone and there’s no magic wand that waves away difficult feelings. Instead, what Glade Run has always provided is support in finding the things that help individuals. Maybe it’s a new way of thinking, maybe it’s a resource, a coping skill, a hand to hold, or maybe it’s simply giving someone a moment to breathe.
However you help yourself to safely manage your difficult emotions, we hope that you are finding some emotional ease. Glade Run staff wear a list of personal coping skills on the back of their id badges as a reminder to use them when needed. We hope you have a long selection list of these tried and true ‘go-to’s. On the bright side, new stress often provides an opportunity for new stress reduction ideas. If aromatherapy is something you are willing to give a go, we highly encourage you to try aromatherapy.
Lavender is Miss Joanie’s all-time favorite herb for a zillion different reasons but it is most well-known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. For me, simply taking a moment in time to focus on the present as opposed to the trauma of the past or uncertainty of the future is amazingly helpful. We’ll be handing out these sachets around campus today to spread a little aromatherapy love. I call it the horticultural therapy pick-me-up-and-calm-me-down. Students in the Transitions Program will be helping us to make as many sachets as are requested by agency staff on Monday morning. If you’d like to pick up some sachets, feel free to get in touch and we’ll send them your way!
Thanks for taking care of yourself!
Glade Run Adventures provides personalized experiences in nature, including horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, animal care classes, gardening classes, farm to table cooking experiences and nature themed arts and crafts. These activities are prefect for families, school groups, home schoolers, girl and boy scout troops, youth groups and parties.
Glade Run Adventures is conveniently located north of Pittsburgh in Zelienople, just minutes from route 79 and Cranberry Township.
About the Author
Julie Wahlenmayer, Director of Adventures
Julie has been with Glade Run since 1996, shortly after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. Her experiences in animal and horticultural assisted therapies at Glade Run lead Julie to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Julie’s desire to connect individuals with the natural world around them, combined with her equestrian training and love of gardening, helped to shape our Adventures Program into the exemplary program that it is today. Julie’s vision for Glade Run Adventures is for it to become a model for social, emotional and physical growth and learning.