Notes On a Nervous Planet #26

Hello,

I finally got around to reading Matt Haig's new book, 'notes on a nervous planet' and I want not disappointed! 



Summary:

'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.'


Review


This books design was absolutely beautiful, underneath the magnificent dustcover was a rainbow coloured book, one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen.

Matt Haig's writing  never ceases to amaze me every single time I read his book, Never am I let down. Notes on a nervous planet was no different. This book is full of facts and reasons why we get anxious and explores the routes of some of these feelings. This book is filled with some of Matt's personal struggles with anxiety and how he overcame that as well as showing us many people suffer with the same anxieties as we do. I found this book SO important, it made me feel less unreasonable and chaotic. I love how honest and truthful Matt is with his writing and how he doesn't leave out the important parts or the even less pretty parts.

Matt writes about his mental illness and efforts to improve his mental health. In doing so he is a source of great help to us and also influences us in the way we can improve our mental health.

I SO cannot stress how much I would have loved a book like this out when I was in my teenage years, this could have helped me deal with things a lot better than I did. This book makes you realise that you aren't alone and you are most definitely not the only one feeling like this.

This book takes us on a journey of the impact social media has on our mental health and the way we perceive ourselves online to represent ourselves as somebody different because we are unsatisfied with ourselves. We compare ourselves to people who only show the good parts of themselves on social media.

A quote I loved:
“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.” 


Overall, I loved this book and It was certainly a lovely follow up to 'reasons to stay alive'  which is a booked that helped me with my recovery SO much. I even got it tattooed on me -

Based off of my grandad's handwriting.

I would love it more than anything for Matt to see this, to know how much of an impact he has been on my life.


I encourage you all to pick up this book, It is very much one of the best reads you'll come across this year.

Read my review of reasons to stay alive here

Matt Haig, You are one of the most incredible people.


Love, Beth








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