Mother Stresses Out A Lot

I don't know why, but my mother stresses out a LOT, and over every little thing. This wouldn't bother me all that much, but I worry one of these days she's going to worry herself into a heart attack. Granted, there is no family history of heart problems on either side (that we know of), but she still has some risk factors like being overweight, physically inactive (save for walking around; she has arthritis) and being a bit older (she's in her sixties)...I'm actually amazed she hasn't had a heart attack yet with how much she worries. Every single little thing has to be an ordeal with her, complete with screaming, arguing, and crying. Her work is not stressful, but she has a boyfriend who sometimes says things or does things that upset her (things that he knows will upset her). She's been stressing her entire life, so maybe her body is just so used to being in stress mode that it figures that's normal.

Mom's worked in an EKG lab for most of her life, so she would know better than anyone what the signs of a heart attack are, so that makes me feel a bit better. Still, though...I really wish she'd learn to manage her stress better. And there is no doubt in my mind that growing up with her stressing out all the time has caused me to develop anxiety issues, get panic attacks, and have a breathing issue with no physical cause. Mom's also teaching me to drive and is turning me into a very nervous driver.

Does anyone have any suggestions for managing stress for my mom? Maybe books you'd recommend? Foods or supplements that can decrease one's risk of heart attack? Anything?
StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky
22-25, F
Jul 25, 2010