Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

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 an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world ...

Details Notes on a Nervous Planet

TitleNotes on a Nervous Planet
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Health, Mental Health, Self Help

Reviews Notes on a Nervous Planet

  • 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.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    This book gave me so much to contemplate!
  • 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 importa...
  • 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 Matt Haig give us some advice on how to cope with the present lifestyle and how to accept yourself and the world we currently live.
  • littlemiss_emmxx
    I had heard this book was a sort of follow on from Reasons To Stay Alive. I read Reasons To Stay Alive while I was on holiday in January. And loved it read it in 2 or 3 days and ended up having to start it again as I hadn't thought I would finish it so quickly. Clearly it took me a bit longer to read this but that's because I'm not on holiday this time. I couldn't wait that long to read it. I just love Matt Haigs writing. It is so honest and trut...
  • Doug
    3.5, rounded up.I really, REALLY liked Haig's previous 'self-help' book, Reasons to Stay Alive, 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 example...
  • Nicola Gipson
    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...
  • Victoria
    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 .
  • Zohal
    4.5 Stars "It’s all right that the world is crazy, as long as I make my little corner of the world sane." Diane Lockhart from The Good Fight.The above quote perfectly summarises this book. I read this in one setting which rarely happens these days. This has given me so much to think about it. It was so raw and so very from the heart. I don't suffer from anxiety yet I felt as though Matt Haig put the deepest depths of my soul onto the page. I g...
  • Anni
    "Distracted from distraction by distraction" (T.S. Eliot' - The Four Quartets)If you feel like shouting “Stop the world, I want to get off!" on a daily basis, then this is the book for you. Following on from his bestselling “Reasons to stay Alive”, Matt Haig here explores whether it is possible to stay sane in a mad world, offering useful suggestions for coping with our addiction to modern technology along with its attendant information ove...
  • Lindsey
    Just read it :)
  • Paul
    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....
  • Vivek Tejuja
    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 dif...
  • Megan
    I hardly ever dnf a book. Now trust me when I say I know that this book is just like Haig's others; ones that I do like, The Humans is actually one of my all-time favourites. I stopped a little over 200 pages in and I realised he would be repeating the same messages over and over again, I got the gist and was to be honest irritated. He did hit a few aspects of modern culture on the head but at some points it came off like a middle aged man compla...
  • Tim Rideout
    ‘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 ...
  • Rita Araújo
    “Find the hope that is already here and help it grow” ❤ “Find the hope that is already here and help it grow” ❤️
  • 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,...
  • Heather
    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 a...
  • Caro Reads
    Sollte mich je jemand fragen, welches Buch er/sie lesen sollte/gelesen haben sollte, dann ist es dieses. Augenöffnend, ehrlich und einfach menschlich. Es gibt einem keinen Leitfaden an die Hand, um das eigene Leben in den Griff zu bekommen. Es bringt den Leser aber dazu, seinen eigenen (digitalen) Lebensstil zu überdenken und sich bewusst zu werden, was man sich eigentlich damit antut, sich mit anderen zu vergleichen, zu messen und dabei zu ver...
  • Odette Knappers
    Ik hoop dat ieder mens dit boek leest, en ik zal je uitleggen waarom.Dit is een boek over psychische gezondheid. En dat is superbelangrijk. Voor de mensen die er af en toe mee worstelen is dit een belangrijk boek omdat je leest dat je verre van de enige bent. Het is prettig om andermans ervaring te lezen. Het is interessant en leerzaam om te leren hoe Matt met zijn situatie omging, want je steekt er geheid wat van op.Voor mensen die niet met hun ...
  • Kristina
  • Alisha
    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 par...
  • Cher
    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. A thought provoking look at how rapidly our society has changed over the last 20 years with the advent of modern technological advances. I found a multitude of quotable passages and interesting tidbits. I’m a fan of Haig’s writing, be it fiction or nonfiction.-------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: It sometimes feels as if we have temporarily solved the problem of scarcity and replaced it...
  • liz
    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.
  • Siobhan
    Notes on a Nervous Planet is Matt Haig's somewhat sequel to Reasons To Stay Alive, in which he looks at the pace and panic of today's world and considers it through the lens of his own mental health issues, particularly anxiety. The style is very similar to the earlier book: short chapters with lots of lists and short sentences, emphasising his own suggestions and advice.The book has plenty of interesting thoughts and things to consider, particul...
  • Lauren Hartley
    As discussed in the book, everyone has different opinions on books and I loved Reasons to Stay Alive but this I found really boring.This book was very rambly and induced stress rather than prevent it. I found his last book actually had a story to it whereas this was just quoting other books and repeating what they said. The amount of chapters and paragraphs which. Were. All. One. Word. Sentences. Drove me insane by the end!
  • Martha Mae
    Devoured this in a single day. Deliciously yummy. Another Haig triumph.
  • Lies
    In Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig talks about how our modern, digital, capitalist society has an influence on our mental health and our behavior.The book consists of short chapters that are thematically related, but can be read seperately. This allowed Haig to explore a lot of different topics. He talks about sleep being the biggest enemy of capitalism (because we can't buy or see advertisements or watch Netflix when we sleep). He talks abo...
  • Joana Eyre
    "We have handed over our instincts to the hands of a clock. Increasingly, we serve time rather than time serving us.""When normality becomes madness, the only way to find sanity is by daring to be different. Or daring to be the you that exists beyond all the physical clutter and mind debris of modern existence."“But while choice is infinite, our lives have time spans. We can’t live every life. We can’t watch every film or read every book or...
  • Rain
    Matt Haig did it again. Everyone who knows me is aware that I read A LOT of fantasy, a bit of sci-fi, so few contemporary, and I rarely read non-fiction. I read to escape but non-fiction books are just too close to reality for my liking. Despite that, I devour Matt Haig's non-fiction books. Notes from a Nervous Planet is a sort of follow up to Reasons To Stay Alive—a book that means so much to me. Reasons to Stay Alive made me love Matt Haig so...