A: To answer your question, yes, there are things she can do to help her anxiety and sleep issues that are not medicinal and the first one I would suggest is therapy. The difficulty is that she probably already knows lots of things that would help, but she isn’t doing them. Whether it be therapy, natural supplements, herbal teas, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, etc, etc, your mother should already be aware of these options. Chances are that she suggests many of them to her patients. The sad truth is that many “helping professionals” fall short when it comes to helping themselves.
Rather than you doing extensive research only to have her ignore or reject it, I would just suggest that you sit your mother down and have a serious heart to heart with her about your concerns. It may be even more powerful if you ask another family member or a trusted friend to join you. Be honest and direct and try to get her to agree to an action plan and I time line for completion. Hopefully, if you come from a place of love and respect, your mother will hear you and take some steps toward better self-care and healthier professional boundaries.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts