Dear Therapist Within:
My mother is 46 years old. She seems to always have such high levels of stress, she worries about things that do not concern her and finds ways to make everything bigger than it is. As a result of her stressing out, she is tired often and moves slowly. What is one way to start helping her to find ways to relieve her stress?
ANSWER: This person would be a prime candidate for therapy. Does she recognize that she has a problem? Is she looking for solutions? Is she anxious and therefore motivated to do something about her discomfort? Until you know the answers to these questions, you can’t really help her.
In the meantime, you can get armed with some resources for her – Community Information and Referral, for example: http://www.cir.org/ Most communities have some version of this and collect all kinds of resources that you can access when you need them. Then, if she talks to you about her distress and expresses a desire to “get better,” you will be prepared. These options might include a yoga class, a therapist, self-help books (libraries are great sources), etc. She could be suffering from “adrenal failure” or chronic fatigue syndrome if her stress has been long-lived. If her stress is recent in origin, she might want to get a complete checkup as well to rule out hormonal issues. Good luck! MORE