Dr. Martin Seligman’s prescription to feeling better (a lot better!) is an exercise called the Gratitude Visit. As taken from his book Flourish, here is what he recommends:
Top 10 Tips for supporting your wife or partner through her postpartum mood and / or anxiety disorder.
When we are overwhelmed, we cannot achieve our best. I’m not talking about performing under pressure or meeting a deadline, I mean the debilitating experience of feeling overwhelmed. It can sap your energy, diminish your capacity to concentrate, problem solve and be creative. It can feel gut-wrenching, stressful, and worrisome. For some it can even have a dissociative or out of body component to it.
One question we frequently receive is, “How do I suggest to someone that they should come and see you for counselling?” Whether it’s because of burnout, depression, anxiety, or a marriage that it is on the rocks, there is no easy answer. Although you want to refer your family and friends for help out of genuine caring and concern, sometimes others may not be in the best frame of mind to be open to your suggestion. Instead, they may feel embarrassed, weak, angry, and a whole host of other feelings. So should you do it? Yes, and here are a few thoughts to keep in mind.