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Notes on a Nervous Planet (2018)

af Matt Haig

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"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 an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological 'advancements' that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies"--… (mere)

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This book was my first by Matt Haig and it was very engaging. I love how he normalizes mental health issues but also asks such thought-provoking questions within his writing. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and devoured the short chapters which led to very interesting conversations with my friend who also was reading the book at the same time.

The chapters are short and quick and so it is a book that is easy to take in a little at a time. I love the importance he places on true connection with each other. Some of it was a little "out there" but I do agree that technology has changed the ways we interact and connect with one another and he had some powerful reminders and perspective about this.
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  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
'Notes on a Nervous Planet' is a series of listicles and musings about anxiety and depression. It is one of the only pieces of writing I've come across that accurately resonates with my personal mental health experience. Haig touches on all the ways that our technologically advancing world manipulates our minds – supermarkets, climate change, work, symptoms of panic, social media, advertising – you name it.

I listened to the audiobook, read by the author – which is the best. But I recommend the physical copy to anyone wanting to read it, because, well, lists are calming to look at.

I'll leave you, reader, with one of my favorite quotes from the book: "Head toward the warm people. Life is warmth. You'll be cool when you're dead." ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
couldn't finish, possibly it's not time for me to read this book ( )
  Alevis | May 17, 2020 |
The modern world is fast and relentless, our connection to the internet that means we have a never-ending stream of notifications, jobs that come with a phone and almost permanent on call. Our nerves are jangled constantly. It feel like you are in a race that you can never win and standing still doesn't feel like an option. Yet in the world of 24 / 7 connections to family, friends and strangers around the world, people have never been more alone.

In this modern world, can we stay sane?

This is the follow up to his successful and what I consider now an essential book, Reasons to Stay Alive. I that he told us of his journey back from staring into the abyss. In this, he lays out the problems of the modern world that have been caused by the internet as well as the positive benefits that it has brought. He makes it very personal, telling us of the issues that he has had with obsessions with Facebook, Twitter and the slightly unreal world of Instagram and how it has affected his mental health.

Reading isn’t important because it helps to get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape.

Like his previous book, there are anecdotes, his thoughts on the world we are living in. Woven into this is his own personal story about how his depression and anxiety has ebbed and flowed, often caused by spending way too long on the internet. Listening to the echo chamber is not good for your health, especially in this political climate, and this book is full of practical suggestions on how to cope with the relentlessness of it all, when and how to engage for an affirmative experience and when to turn the computer off, set the phone aside and go and do something else. Probably essential reading for teenagers. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
The book is short yet offers a great deal of advice about handling the anxiety epidemic that plagues modern society. It tackles issues like addiction, anxiety, social media overstimulation and others throughs Matt's own experience in this battle. The book is easy to get through so I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in an up-to-date approach to life in the 21'st century. ( )
  parzivalTheVirtual | Mar 22, 2020 |
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"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 an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological 'advancements' that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies"--

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