Notes on a Nervous Planet
The world is messing with our minds.Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.- How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? - How do we stay human in a technological world?- How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

Notes on a Nervous Planet Details

TitleNotes on a Nervous Planet
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 5th, 2018
PublisherCanongate
ISBN-139781786892676
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Self Help, Psychology

Notes on a Nervous Planet Review

  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not really going to review this properly I bought it and read it just for me really. There's nothing much I can say that I haven't said before about this author's writing and sometimes you just want to read a book to kick start your soul again. Suffice to say that as ever after reading a Matt Haig book my faith in many many things is restored. Yes indeed.
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  • Penelope
    January 1, 1970
    A truly timely and important book that everyone living on this nervous planet should read. Matt's honest and personal experiences shine through on every page and his writing is like a cup of tea and a warm blanket making you feel that no matter how crazy the world can get everything is going to be ok. I loved this book and have no hesitation recommending it to absolutely everyone, no one will finish this book without learning at least one important lesson or taking away one piece of advice that A truly timely and important book that everyone living on this nervous planet should read. Matt's honest and personal experiences shine through on every page and his writing is like a cup of tea and a warm blanket making you feel that no matter how crazy the world can get everything is going to be ok. I loved this book and have no hesitation recommending it to absolutely everyone, no one will finish this book without learning at least one important lesson or taking away one piece of advice that will make life just that little bit better. Thanks Matt!
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    His best book yet! The perfect antidote to our messy world! I love all Matt Haig’s books and this was still even better than I had anticipated! Just buy it, read it, talk about and love it! This world is a better place with this book in it .
  • Vivek Tejuja
    January 1, 1970
    This is a world of nerves. Of nervousness (as the title rightly suggests), of anxiety and of excess. Everything is in excess and we do not know when to stop or how to control our lives. We are constantly on the edge and losing the very essence of being human. Our lives are spiraling out of control and we perhaps do not know what to do. Matt Haig’s books are about mental health issues we face, the ones he has faced and continues to. The only difference is that he speaks about it, Haig communicate This is a world of nerves. Of nervousness (as the title rightly suggests), of anxiety and of excess. Everything is in excess and we do not know when to stop or how to control our lives. We are constantly on the edge and losing the very essence of being human. Our lives are spiraling out of control and we perhaps do not know what to do. Matt Haig’s books are about mental health issues we face, the ones he has faced and continues to. The only difference is that he speaks about it, Haig communicates and comes from a place of darkness to speak through his books on issues that we prefer to be silent about. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” is about what we go through on a daily basis and yet continue to and not battle it because we do not know how to. Haig not only tells us about the issues in detail but also lets us know what he does to combat them, and we could also do that, if we like. For instance, how to not be on the phone constantly, how to get off social media once in a while, how to sleep more and things that we think of but not implement on most of the time. Haig’s writing is personal. He writes from the heart (using the cliché phrase and apologies for that) and it is clear in the writing. It is all about how to stay sane anymore on a planet such as ours. I loved the way the book is structured, looking at each thing that is messing with our minds and the possible suggestions to each of them – from lack of sleep to addiction to work and play balance to questioning the habits and lifestyles of the digital age. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” makes you look at life without being preachy about it. All it does is make you want to reclaim humanity, little by little if need be. Matt Haig cleverly and beautifully deconstructs the world we live in and provides suggestions, if not answers or solutions on how to conquer. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” if nothing will make you feel that someone out there knows what you are going through and is able to understand it beautifully to express it the way you will feel a connect. It is the book for our times and much needed. Do read it, please.
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  • Katy Noyes
    January 1, 1970
    Reasons looked inward, Notes looks back out again. Honest and applicable life lessons from one of my favourite contemporary writers and thinkers.I'd call Matt Haig 'a thinker'. As well as enjoying almost every adult and children's novel he's brought out, I can recognise my own life, thought processes and faults in his two non-fiction 'guides to life' as I think of them.Reasons To Stay Alive was a bare-all look at one man's breakdown and recovery/lessons learned. Now Haig puts himself and us in t Reasons looked inward, Notes looks back out again. Honest and applicable life lessons from one of my favourite contemporary writers and thinkers.I'd call Matt Haig 'a thinker'. As well as enjoying almost every adult and children's novel he's brought out, I can recognise my own life, thought processes and faults in his two non-fiction 'guides to life' as I think of them.Reasons To Stay Alive was a bare-all look at one man's breakdown and recovery/lessons learned. Now Haig puts himself and us in the context of the wider world, society, the universe itself as he has us contemplate the meaning we give our modern lives, our obsessions with technology and social media, how we allow the influence of others to affect our own self-esteem and value.Utterly relatable, I think most people would find value in reading this. Just to have someone tell you (in my case literally as the author narrates the Audible version I listened to) that I need to go to bed earlier, turn away from the phone more, see the bigger picture of my place as a rather small cog in a very much larger machine - it's that kick you need sometimes to look at your life and appreciate just what you really have.As with the previous book, the short chapters and flitting from subject to subject worked for me. There is a connecting theme and flow, but it also feels very human and stream-of-consciousness, with lists (as a listener, I could hear them, rather than see them on a page, and would have liked to see them written down to savour a little more). Haig says what we all need to hear, and I imagine many will nod along, as I did. He makes an affable reader, his material highly relevant to his audience, and teens through to pensioners will find something enlightening and emboldening here to unite us all. With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.
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  • Tim Rideout
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Kindness spring-cleans the soul.’Reading ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ is like being given a new pair of spectacles. It makes everything clearer.Matt Haig writes with humility, wisdom, clarity, honesty, humour and kindness about his own mental illness and efforts to improve his mental health. In doing so he is a source of great help to others. I read this book quickly - it will stay with me for a very long time.Yet another remarkable book from Matt.
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  • Martha Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Devoured this in a single day. Deliciously yummy. Another Haig triumph.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Just read it :)
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The world is a nervous system. Everything is connected and it's difficult to switch off, even for your own sake. Notes on a Nervous Planet makes you stop, think, consider your own interactions with the world around you and how it seeps into your life. Most of all it makes you hope it's possible to truly disconnect, whatever that means for the individual, and find your own sense of calm to catch your breath amidst the noise of the bustling world around us. A hopeful book.
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing I don't like about this book is that it wasn't around when I was a teenager. Firstly, I just want to say that this book is physically stunning. Beneath the dust jacket, the hardcover is all the colours of the rainbow and it's lovely. I also think the size is great, it's compact and smaller than most of the newer books on my bookcase. I'm also lucky enough to have a signed copy. This is a comforting, reassuring read for the most part, much like The Humans, only this one, of course, The only thing I don't like about this book is that it wasn't around when I was a teenager. Firstly, I just want to say that this book is physically stunning. Beneath the dust jacket, the hardcover is all the colours of the rainbow and it's lovely. I also think the size is great, it's compact and smaller than most of the newer books on my bookcase. I'm also lucky enough to have a signed copy. This is a comforting, reassuring read for the most part, much like The Humans, only this one, of course, is non-fiction. One of the reasons I read books on mental health (and books generally) is that they make me feel a little less alone in the world and as I get older it's becoming more important for me to realise that I'm not the only one. This book certainly succeeded in that, as Haig depicts the lowest moments of his life in a stark manner, but more importantly, each of these moments was followed by a hopeful, uplifting note. Haig is also astute in analysing all of the ways in which modern society contributes to our nervous dispositions. He uses not only well-researched evidence to support his observations, but he also quotes some of the greatest minds in literature, and history more widely, which is something I particularly enjoyed throughout. He also offers his own wisdom on becoming "a happy mess. Or, at least, a less miserable mess. A mess who can cope." (p. 176) I think it's useful advice and I'll probably return to it in the future. A lovely read. Wonderfully human.
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  • Robin Chan
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and much more on my blogThis is an important book. Important not in the usual sense in this genre (self-development/self-help/personal growth, pick your name) that it makes you feel better after reading it. Feeling better feels good but it may not—often—be actually good for you. It is important because the message is important, and Matt Haig, one of my favorite writers, delivers it in a way only he can, although it may seem a bit off-putting at first encounter or scattered for s Read this review and much more on my blogThis is an important book. Important not in the usual sense in this genre (self-development/self-help/personal growth, pick your name) that it makes you feel better after reading it. Feeling better feels good but it may not—often—be actually good for you. It is important because the message is important, and Matt Haig, one of my favorite writers, delivers it in a way only he can, although it may seem a bit off-putting at first encounter or scattered for some readers. Like Reasons to Stay Alive, this is a book about anxiety. But it is more than that. As you may deduce from the title, Matt makes the point that we are living in an age where anxiety almost defines us. Whatever your position in life, no matter your age, your gender, your job, where you live, how much money you make, what you have achieved, there is always something to be anxious about. It doesn’t help that technology is accentuating and even causing more anxiety because we are now always connected. And our relationship with our addition to our smartphones and social media causes a vicious cycle—the more we use them, the more anxious we become, and the more anxious we become, the more we distract ourselves by consuming even more.The best thing about this book and the way Matt writes it and presents the ideas is that it is always warm and personal. Admittedly a lot of the things discussed (addiction to smartphones, how the news and politicians are capitalizing on our anxiety, or we need to sleep more, etc.), we already know or at least have heard by reading other articles, other books or watching TED talks. But it is the way he says it: And it is an effort. It’s so bloody hard. There are days when I’d find it easier to talk North Korea out of its nuclear weapons programme than to talk myself out of checking social media seventeen times before breakfast. To see the act of learning as something not for its own sake but because of what it will get you reduces the wonder of humanity. We are thinking, feeling, art-making, knowledge-hungry, marvelous animals, who understand ourselves and our world through the act of learning. It is an end in itself. Yes, he still uses the words “humans” and “homo sapiens” a lot. If there is a common thread to all his books, I would argue that it is his penetrating and often hilarious observation of our absurd but very human behaviors as a species. In The Humans, he views it via the prism of an alien sent to slow down humanity’s advance. In How to Stop Time, he views it via a man who has the secret of having lived more than 300 years. In this book, for the first time he tells it as it is—via his own experience and struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. If you haven’t read the wonderful novel The Humans yet, do yourself a favor and read it. I discovered Matt by reading it and it has made it to my all-time favorite hall-of-fame books since then. In fact, after finishing this book, I am going to reread it again, I can imagine it will be even better the second time around after reading this one.
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig is everything you need and more to help connect with your anxiety and the million different things that can enhance and make it worse. It is a manual, a guide, an escape hatch, and the kind of book that should be carried in your bag at all times for easy access when you need it.From our constant connection to the world through social media and the internet in general, yes there are fantastic upshots of this, but there are also downsides which Matt expertly NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig is everything you need and more to help connect with your anxiety and the million different things that can enhance and make it worse. It is a manual, a guide, an escape hatch, and the kind of book that should be carried in your bag at all times for easy access when you need it.From our constant connection to the world through social media and the internet in general, yes there are fantastic upshots of this, but there are also downsides which Matt expertly points out - devastation, pain, judgement, anger, terror is also just at our fingertips and for those of us who are anxious anyway, this is like a bomb waiting to go off. Matt Haig has written this book through his own experiences and so his words really connect with the reader. You can feel his honesty, his pain, and his hope for the future. There are great tips to help people step down from that anxious ledge and like everything in life, what works for one person doesn't mean it will work for everyone, but it's definitely worth a shot. ​As pointed out throughout this book, 'Life is beautiful', and when you close this book you will feel that sentence come alive for you. I know I sat in the garden, closed my eyes, listened to my kids laughing as they played with my husband and I felt peace. Yes, life is certainly beautiful. But Matt also recognises that just because there are worse things happening in the world doesn't mean that anxiety and depression won't rear its ugly head and take over when you least expect it. The key is recognising it and the triggers that trip it, of which there are many in our modern world. NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig is a book that should be read by everyone, and I mean EVERYONE! It oozes warmth, self-care, and wisdom and will help so many people see life and our world from a different perspective - I know it has changed me. It is a book that needs to be on every bookshelf in every home, in every town, in every county, and country and I highly recommend it. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher
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  • Ting Tong
    January 1, 1970
    Haig provides an authentic first person narrative of how the world we live in is contributing to people feeling anxious and depressed. The development of social media and people’s unfortunate need to present themselves as something which is at a disconnect from themselves, comparing their real selves and bodies to other people’s highlight reels and communicating online rather than in person, means people feel dissatisfied with themselves and lonely. Consumerism and advertisements all around us a Haig provides an authentic first person narrative of how the world we live in is contributing to people feeling anxious and depressed. The development of social media and people’s unfortunate need to present themselves as something which is at a disconnect from themselves, comparing their real selves and bodies to other people’s highlight reels and communicating online rather than in person, means people feel dissatisfied with themselves and lonely. Consumerism and advertisements all around us aim to make us feel dissatisfied with ourselves and our lives so that we’ll buy their products; happy people are less likely to be persuaded to buy products they don’t want or need. The awareness of time and how we now serve it rather than it serving us; needing alarms to wake up for specific times and being trained from a young age to live in the future rather than the present makes us feel anxious and unfulfilled. The portrayal of horrific things in the media as viral news, our increasing work hours, lack of sleep and less time spent in green spaces in favour of shopping centres all overwhelm us and make us miserable. Haig provides advice on what you can do to be less anxious and depressed and provides an alternative view to the deterministic ideology of mental illness; everyone is affected in some way and you can do something to change it, if you want to.
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on I Should Read ThatI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A few years ago I stumbled upon a little book called Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I cannot tell you what a game changing book this was for me. Here was this person who could talk about depression and anxiety with honesty, humour, and hope. It was the first time I really acknowledged my own mental health worries and it felt a little less alone. I figured this marvelous book was just a one Originally posted on I Should Read ThatI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A few years ago I stumbled upon a little book called Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I cannot tell you what a game changing book this was for me. Here was this person who could talk about depression and anxiety with honesty, humour, and hope. It was the first time I really acknowledged my own mental health worries and it felt a little less alone. I figured this marvelous book was just a one-off, so you can imagine my delight when I found out he was writing a follow up, Notes on a Nervous Planet. Where Reasons to Stay Alive is a very personal book, I felt that Notes on a Nervous Planet was a little less so. You still get the injections of Haig’s personal life, but Notes is much more of an examination of our relationship with social media, why we become obsessed with our phones and the news cycle, and how we can take back control. True to his prior nonfiction writing, this book is filled with insight, earnestness, and humour. The short chapters and list format in the book really make the pages fly by and his warm, open writing style makes it feel like a conversation with a friend. This is one of the reasons I love his nonfiction so much — these books truly make you feel like you’re not alone in your weird headspace, and that is so important to anyone who is suffering from mental health issues.I am a person that loves social media, but has a pretty healthy relationship with it. I don’t get into fights, or get whipped up into a frenzy over other people’s posts, or even get envious of the lives other people present on screen. However, I still got a lot out of this book. I have gained insight into my own habits and am much more conscious of my phone time. Notes made me think about my relationship with my phone, which is attached to me at all times, and how I approach the internet as a blogger and vlogger. I even experimented with this while on holiday — I limited my phone time and didn’t fret over the spotty Wi-Fi, didn’t respond to comments immediately, and didn’t post much while I was away. And you know what? The anxiousness and panic I’ve been feeling lately receded and I was able to enjoy the beautiful place I was staying. I really feel like this book will be helpful for a lot of people, regardless of how much time one scrolling aimlessly through their phone or their relationship with social media. There’s nothing wrong with disconnecting a little. If you’ve ever felt envious of Instagram posts, or spiraled downward because of the news cycle, or have ever felt like social media is stressing you out, I highly encourage you to pick up Notes on a Nervous Planet. Hell, I encourage you to pick this book up even if you have a good relationship with social media — you never know what you’ll learn.Just like in Reasons to Stay Alive, Haig brings a level of humanity that makes this Notes on a Nervous Planet an open and frank conversation, not a self-help book. Although it didn’t have the same emotional impact as his previous book, I really enjoyed reading Notes on a Nervous Planet and it certainly gave me a lot to think about. I can easily see myself referring back to it again and again.
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  • Sarah (TLCC)
    January 1, 1970
    Already I’ve started to make changes to my day to day life from the advice in this book. It’s as stunning as Reasons To Stay Alive and I connected with so much Matt is talking about. I can not recommend this enough, not just for anxiety and depression suffers, but everyone.“Imagine if we had a day where we called human beings human beings.”
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  • Jaarwabrei
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't surprising for me that I would like this book, as I love Matt Haig's writing in general.However, I had one problem that may be an issue for other people, too. There were some paragraphs/chapters that could easily trigger panic attacks, and I think when writing about mental health you could be even more cautious or put a trigger warning there or something. But maybe it was only a problem for me as the issues he talks about (related to technology) are things I unfortunately worry about, It wasn't surprising for me that I would like this book, as I love Matt Haig's writing in general.However, I had one problem that may be an issue for other people, too. There were some paragraphs/chapters that could easily trigger panic attacks, and I think when writing about mental health you could be even more cautious or put a trigger warning there or something. But maybe it was only a problem for me as the issues he talks about (related to technology) are things I unfortunately worry about, too. This does also mean that this book was in general very helpful and I am grateful to have read it. I would really like to talk about these issues personally with Matt Haig as I have some conflicting views, but that does not mean I like the book less. I also think I have to read it at least a few times more, maybe when I'm in a better state myself.So if you are not super sensitive and are able to read, go and read it.
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  • Cathrine
    January 1, 1970
    As we swim in life’s oceansfor we should,we should,they are part of the beauty that heals us.As we swimwe must accept the waves and let them be waves.Out of our control and not meantto be swallowed by osmosis.Coughing them back up stings.I love this book, thank you.
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  • Mark Sagan
    January 1, 1970
    We don’t need another world. Everything we need is here, if we give up thinking we need everything.
  • readingxeverything
    January 1, 1970
    3,5
  • liz
    January 1, 1970
    Matt Haig has done it again: written a highly thought-provoking book which has made me want to better myself and enrich my life. I am so glad that I was able to meet him last week and tell him how much his books mean to me because this book perfectly encapsulates why his work is so excellent.
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  • Helen Nix
    January 1, 1970
    In ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ Matt tells his story of his depression - complete with suicide attempts, hallucinations on the bus and agoraphobia. He is relentlessly honest about how horrendous mental health problems can be, and yet he is equally honest about what things have helped him to live with those mental health problems. In ‘Notes from a Nervous Planet’ Matt tells us how to stay well. A lot of it will be familiar - switch off the phone, switch off the internet, focus on people and relationsh In ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ Matt tells his story of his depression - complete with suicide attempts, hallucinations on the bus and agoraphobia. He is relentlessly honest about how horrendous mental health problems can be, and yet he is equally honest about what things have helped him to live with those mental health problems. In ‘Notes from a Nervous Planet’ Matt tells us how to stay well. A lot of it will be familiar - switch off the phone, switch off the internet, focus on people and relationships, do exercise, read and live life slightly more slowly. So if so familiar, why read it? Because it is a beautifully written book. It looks chaotic with its short chapters, sometimes only a page in length. But it is artful chaos. It reflects that those of us who are anxious can sometimes only deal with a page. And each page is valuable, adding up to a story which says that the world is deliberately geared up to make us anxious. People who believe they are enough just as they are don’t feel the need to buy more clothes, or worry about getting old, or check the internet every minute to check how many likes they have. They like themselves. And here’s the trick. Every single one of us, however imperfect, IS enough, just as you are. At root we are all scared and anxious. But Matt’s book gives practical tips for recognizing the triggers and MANAGE the fact that this world is actively designed to make us feel fearful and inadequate. The book takes longer than it needs to, but it does it well, without dropping too much into the trap of banging on about his own story as so many self help books do. It is practical, literary advice which works. I recommend it to you without hesitation.
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  • Nicole Woodward
    January 1, 1970
    "There is no future. Planning for the future is just planning for another present in which you will be planning for the future"Matt Haig has done it again, after reading reasons to stay alive, in a period of deep despair, which enlightened me so much I didn't think anything could be better. Notes on a nervous planet is just as good if not better. I would refrain from calling this a self help book. It's not self help like in the sense that it tells you what to do, to be the happiest you can be bu "There is no future. Planning for the future is just planning for another present in which you will be planning for the future"Matt Haig has done it again, after reading reasons to stay alive, in a period of deep despair, which enlightened me so much I didn't think anything could be better. Notes on a nervous planet is just as good if not better. I would refrain from calling this a self help book. It's not self help like in the sense that it tells you what to do, to be the happiest you can be but rather makes you aware of how difficult it is living in modern day world with a constant barrage of news, notifications and updates. A world of over sensationalist headlines that trick us in to thinking the world is a disaster and everything is going wrong. Yet there has never been a better time to be alive but if that's the case why is the biggest killer of women and men between 20 and 30 suicide?In 1995 0.4% of the world's population was on the internet in 2017 that figure has risen to 51% Matt highlights the devastating impact the social media and the internet is having on our mental healths in a beautiful and exquisite way that only Matt knows how. Everyone needs to read this book.
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  • John Moser
    January 1, 1970
    I must say I was quite excited about this book. "Reasons to stay alive" became one of my favourite books, and has saved my life in so many ways. So I was more than happy to see that Matt Haig had written a follow up. And it doesn't disappoint.Unlike the first one, this is isn't only about mental illness, and dealing with depression and anxiety. Though that is also a part of this book, the focus now lies more on how we live in this modern world that is basically designed to freak us out. And Matt I must say I was quite excited about this book. "Reasons to stay alive" became one of my favourite books, and has saved my life in so many ways. So I was more than happy to see that Matt Haig had written a follow up. And it doesn't disappoint.Unlike the first one, this is isn't only about mental illness, and dealing with depression and anxiety. Though that is also a part of this book, the focus now lies more on how we live in this modern world that is basically designed to freak us out. And Matt Haig delivers brilliantly.He addresses issues that are actually quite obvious the more you think about them, but we never really give them any thought in our lives. There are some wonderful observations on how social media can be heaven and hell, and how technology has influenced our mentality. As always, Matt Haig also writes about his personal experiences with those things, and it's always a fascinating pleasure to read those bits.Sure, the book might be a bit repetitive in some places and a little cheesy in others. But I think that doesn't do any bigger harm and also kinda adds to Matt Haig's style. It's a wonderful little book and I would definitely encourage people to read it; especially if they're wondering how not to stress out in the 21st century.
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  • Dipali
    January 1, 1970
    Reasons to Stay Alive came into my life as I was dealing with my first episode of anxiety and depression, and Notes on A Nervous Planet comes into my life as I currently deal with my second bout of mental health issues. Like Reasons, Notes is a vitally important book to me. To quote Matt, it offers “the possibility of hope. The promise of home.” I find Matt’s writing so relatable because he juxtaposes research and advice with his own experiences, something that I find lacking in many books in th Reasons to Stay Alive came into my life as I was dealing with my first episode of anxiety and depression, and Notes on A Nervous Planet comes into my life as I currently deal with my second bout of mental health issues. Like Reasons, Notes is a vitally important book to me. To quote Matt, it offers “the possibility of hope. The promise of home.” I find Matt’s writing so relatable because he juxtaposes research and advice with his own experiences, something that I find lacking in many books in this genre. I highly recommend this to anyone and their loved ones.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful, wise book. I lost count of the number of passages that spoke to me in some way or that I wanted to highlight or sticky tab for reference. I have a feeling I'll be returning to this book many times in the future, just like Reasons to Stay Alive. I also want to recommend it to everyone I know. There's so much incredible advice for dealing with our manic world, and it's all so beautifully written. I loved every word.
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  • Santino Prinzi
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Canongate for an advance review copy of this book.Notes on a Nervous Planet is the follow up to the hugely successful, not to mention helpful and insightful, Reasons to Stay Alive. It looks at how the world has become overwhelming, with so much to do, so many expectations to meet, so many followers and likes to obtain on social media. This book, like Reasons to Stay Alive, doesn't claim to have the definitive answer to navigating the nervous planet so filled with noise, but it does, li Thank you Canongate for an advance review copy of this book.Notes on a Nervous Planet is the follow up to the hugely successful, not to mention helpful and insightful, Reasons to Stay Alive. It looks at how the world has become overwhelming, with so much to do, so many expectations to meet, so many followers and likes to obtain on social media. This book, like Reasons to Stay Alive, doesn't claim to have the definitive answer to navigating the nervous planet so filled with noise, but it does, like Reasons, offer insightful and helpful advice that may just work for people. Again, it's a reminder that you are not alone in feeling this way, and I think a lot of people will be helped by this book. It certainly gave me a few things to think about.
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  • MissSophie
    January 1, 1970
    Matt Haig is a genius! He doesn't focus as much on mental illness in this one, more on how our world is changing and how this changes us. Insightful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and important!
  • Kirsty Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Alannah Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant book, very easy to read with short chapters and a lot of helpful advice. Even if you don't consider yourself to suffer from anxiety, pick up this book, it will really help you through any life struggle.
  • Josefin
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted so badly to love this book, not just because it's Matt Haig, but also because I like the idea of the topic, but sadly it wasn't entirely a book for me.
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