Notes on a Nervous Planet

Notes on a Nervous Planet

A follow-up to Matt Haig's internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as...

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Notes on a Nervous Planet Reviews

  • Penelope

    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!

  • Nicola

    I read Matt Haig’s previous book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive ‘ last year and absolutely loved it.It dealt with Matt’s personal battle with anxiety and depression. It was so honest you couldn’t help but be affected by the level of suffering he went through.

    His follow up book ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet ‘ explores how our addiction to modern technology is making us anxious and affecting our quality of life.

    Each chapter is quite short and Matt does have an uncanny way of expressing his thoughts where

    I read Matt Haig’s previous book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive ‘ last year and absolutely loved it.It dealt with Matt’s personal battle with anxiety and depression. It was so honest you couldn’t help but be affected by the level of suffering he went through.

    His follow up book ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet ‘ explores how our addiction to modern technology is making us anxious and affecting our quality of life.

    Each chapter is quite short and Matt does have an uncanny way of expressing his thoughts where you find yourself nodding along in agreement.

    Thank you Matt for this book it felt a lot like an old friend comforting you when life gets too much.

  • Liz Barnsley

    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.

  • Nat K

    Another gem from one of my favourite writers, which makes me realise why I love reading his books so much. Matt Haig has the innate ability to get inside your core and peel back the layers.

    He makes you feel. He makes you think.

    Whenever I start one of his books, the rest of the world falls to a blur, in slow motion. I become so engrossed in what he has to say, it’s as if time stands still.

    Another gem from one of my favourite writers, which makes me realise why I love reading his books so much. Matt Haig has the innate ability to get inside your core and peel back the layers.

    He makes you feel. He makes you think.

    Whenever I start one of his books, the rest of the world falls to a blur, in slow motion. I become so engrossed in what he has to say, it’s as if time stands still. He writes of truth and hurt and feelings, and the discord so many of us feel in our oh-so-busy modern lives.

    Inadvertently, he has become somewhat of a modern day sage with his wise words and observations. By being so upfront with his own struggles with anxiety and depression (via his previous book

    ), this book continues on the theme of the pressures we place on ourselves in the modern world, and if it is indeed worth it. We are bombarded with information overload from the time we wake up to the moment our head hit the pillow. No wonder our inner circuitry often snaps.

    There's a beautiful snippet

    which is funny and cheeky at the same time. Effectively the beach has written an ode to us humans, about how we shouldn't obsess about who's "watching us" on the beach, about how we look, as no-one's really interested. They're all too worried about how

    look.

    Penelope beautifully summed up this book by saying

    I couldn’t agree more. And I really can’t say more. Just read it.

    , you have such a positive influence on so many people. I truly hope you read your reviews, because you’ll see how much you mean to people, and just how many lives you’ve touched 💕

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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    This book gave me so much to contemplate!

  • Doug

    3.5, rounded up.

    I really, REALLY liked Haig's previous 'self-help' book,

    , even though some found it corny and simplistic. Reading this sequel, I could see why that feeling might be valid this time round. A prime reason why the previous book made an impact, is that it hewed more closely to Haig's personal history, as he shared autobiographical stories from which he gleaned his insights - here, there are far fewer such examples, so it just seems like a stream of platitudes -

    3.5, rounded up.

    I really, REALLY liked Haig's previous 'self-help' book,

    , even though some found it corny and simplistic. Reading this sequel, I could see why that feeling might be valid this time round. A prime reason why the previous book made an impact, is that it hewed more closely to Haig's personal history, as he shared autobiographical stories from which he gleaned his insights - here, there are far fewer such examples, so it just seems like a stream of platitudes - some of which are profound, some of which extract a feeling of .... 'well, duh'! And some of which seemed awfully repetitious (e.g., do we really need to be told the virtues of peanut butter on toast twice?). Still, anyone struggling (as I do) with a panic disorder, anxiety or the feeling like the world is far too stressful, can find much to like and take away from this quick and often entertaining read. It never hurts to hear that it isn't necessarily YOU!

  • André Oliveira

    A book about depression, panic attacks and how to deal with them. Or at least get better at it.

    Obviously, it's about a lot more subjects but

    give us some advice on how to cope with the present lifestyle and how to accept yourself and the world we currently live.

  • Nadia

    This was my first encounter with the work of Matt Haig and I can see why he's become so popular. In his latest book, Matt shares his observations about today's 'nervous planet' we live on, overloaded with technology and social media connecting people all over the world, yet leaving them feeling alone. Based on his own experience, Matt offers advice on how to cope with stress and anxiety, how to value and appreciate the little things in life, but also how to accept ourselves and the fact that we

    This was my first encounter with the work of Matt Haig and I can see why he's become so popular. In his latest book, Matt shares his observations about today's 'nervous planet' we live on, overloaded with technology and social media connecting people all over the world, yet leaving them feeling alone. Based on his own experience, Matt offers advice on how to cope with stress and anxiety, how to value and appreciate the little things in life, but also how to accept ourselves and the fact that we are not perfect and to fail is absolutely ok.

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    is all about providing to us, some sensible and practical solutions to the above complicated question.

    This concisely well-written book is must-read for all humans who have a brain and a mind.

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    This concisely well-written book is must-read for all humans who have a brain and a mind.

    The importance of the reading habit is so very well described in this book. Books truly help us to remain sane and think right.

    provides us few key and useful guidelines. It is important for all of us to understand and realize that mental and emotional illness is like any other illness, like diabetes or cancer. It need not be a shame or a secret. There is no need to feel guilty. Mental illness is not a weakness or a flaw. The pain of this illness is as and more painful than other illnesses.

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    “Why do humans worry so much about a stranger's opinion?

    Allow yourself just to be as you are.”

    “Be a map with 10,000 roads. Be the orange at sunset that outclasses the pink of sunrise. Be the self that dares to be true.”

    “You can feel as removed from yourself as a packet of toilet roll is removed from a tree.”

  • Tom McLean

    I feel like I could write a Twitter bot that would generate this entire book. If you're the type of person who needs someone to tell you "It will be okay" a thousand different ways, then this is the book for you. I, like Matt Haig, also suffer from anxiety. But being told "it will be okay" only adds to my anxiety. I was hoping for a tool or an escape, but did not find it here. I'm glad Mr. Haig has found a profitable way to deal with his anxiety, by selling out his mantras.

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