Feeling Overwhelmed? Bestseller "The Martian" Can Help!

It happens to everyone: work piles up, your family needs attention, friends ask for favors. All too often the smaller things in life seem to get in the way of us reaching our full potential, but you can rest assured at night if you gave everyday your best effort by working hard to accomplish your goals and dreams…even if that means just surviving!

Andy Weir's New York Times bestseller, The Martian, follows an astronaut that becomes stranded on the red planet and must face staggering odds in order to survive and make it back to Earth.  Let science fiction's new Robinson Crusoe encourage you and leave you with a few tips for facing life's rough patches.

Take Stock

"Okay, I've had a good nights sleep, and things don't seem as hopeless as they did yesterday."

You may be excellent at juggling life, but eventually we all need to sit down and evaluate our options.  No circumstance is too great to overcome, though in the midst of the storm it can be hard to believe that any relief is coming.  When this happens, take the time to sit down and reevaluate your situation, and you might just find that you have the resources to come through successfully. 

The Martian's protagonist repeatedly takes time to truly understand his situation.  When the pressure becomes too great, he does not let it overwhelm him, but instead takes a step back to give himself time to make note of what resources are available to him.  More often than not, the obvious solution is not always the most practical; try to think outside the box and look for solutions that may not have immediately occurred to you.  Chances are there is something you have overlooked that can offer you a better solution to your problem.  Also consider turning to the people in your life who understand your situation and ask them for help.  Keep your chin up!  Let the stress subside and a solution will become apparent.

Reach Out

"They know I'm alive!... I've got people to talk to!"

Often times it can be overlooked, but the need to communicate with other human beings is a vital component to our mental wellbeing, and this notion plays an important role in The Martian as well.  The shipwrecked protagonist is literally a world away from any other human being, but he knows that he cannot succeed all alone.  One of his primary goals then becomes communicating with Earth, reaching out to those who will run to his aid without a second thought.  It’s not always easy reaching out to someone for help, and sometimes it is even harder to extend a helping hand, but doing something entirely on your own is not always the best way to go about it.  

No one is alone in this world.  Someone will always be there to lend you a hand if you ask them for help.  Part of feeling overwhelmed is feeling alone, but the minute we decide to stop limping along and ask our neighbors for help, the burden we carry immediately feels like less.  The Martian demonstrates that even in hard times we cannot lose sight of those who want to help us.  When we open ourselves up to those who want to see us succeed, new solutions become available, and what once seemed impossible will seem easily manageable.

Enjoy the Little Things

"I started the day with some nothin' tea. Nothin' tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin'."

No matter what life throws at you, you have it in you to make it through; you are going to be all right, no matter what happens!  Being overwhelmed is just a part of living, but how you decide to handle such tense situations is entirely up to you.  When you feel stressed out, stop and take the time to afford yourself the small comforts in life.  The Martian presents a world that, while hospitable, is not without any sympathy for our needs.  No matter how overwhelming life may get, there will always be things in this world that can bring you comfort. 

So brace yourself!  Take however long you need to truly understand your situation.  Know that there are people all around you, some you may not even be aware of, who want to help you succeed, and don't forget that, at the end of the day, you are in charge of how you feel.  If there is any one thing to take away from The Martian, it’s that you have the resources and the ingenuity to get through whatever life throws at you.