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Notes on a Nervous Planet
Notes on a Nervous Planet | Matt Haig
130 posts | 95 read | 6 reading | 122 to read
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.
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Mccall0113
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When you work on a psych unit there‘s lots to read on the overnights.

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DebbieGrillo
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AmyG So true. Quite sad. 8mo
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DebbieGrillo
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We can think about anything. And so it makes sense that we end up sometimes thinking about everything. We might have to, sometimes, be brave enough to switch the screens off in order to switch ourselves back on. To disconnect in order to reconnect.

MegsBooks So true! 8mo
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DebbieGrillo
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DebbieGrillo
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DebbieGrillo
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"The thing with mental turmoil is that so many things that make you feel better in the short term make you feel worse in the long term. You distract yourself, when what you really need is to know yourself."

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Blueberry
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Eggs Perfection 👍🏼👏🏻 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Sydneypaige
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I was shocked to learn, after finishing this, that this is the same author of The Midnight Library. I throughly enjoyed his fiction book, and found this less than enjoyable. There wasn‘t much new information here about the life, technology, and anxiety mix impact. It also didn‘t have much of an intersectional take on that mix.

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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

I like this book but have a big caveat. If you‘ve read Haig‘s excellent Reasons to Stay Alive, then you only need to read the first third/half of NOANP as the latter half-ish just recaps a lot of Reasons. The first part though, really spoke to me and is pretty insightful. His views on how technology and social media are giving us all anxiety are even more timely today (this was written per-covid era.) Time to unplug. #putdownyourphone

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Bubblebelle
Mehso-so

I think overall this is probably a very worthwhile read for most people. For me personally there were bits of it that I found a bit pop-psychologyesque, but that probably wouldn't be an issue if you didn't waste £70k studying Psychology. This is much cheaper and has some good observations in it, it just wasn't for me.

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sparrowssavvy
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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed the fiction I have read by Matt Haig, so I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this. I was pleasantly surprised. Some solid points about our society and culture with some quirky humour.

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perfectsinner
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This book is a really quick read, and I feel it's a must read for anyone who has struggled with depression, anxiety, mental illness, etc. The chapters are short which also makes for quick reading. There were whole lines and passages I wanted to highlight or underline. I would definitely recommend this book and I think when I'm having a bad day it's a book I can turn to to help me refocus on what's important, and what isn't.

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perfectsinner
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On reading

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perfectsinner
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Enjoying this book a lot
I think I need Reasons To Stay Alive now

Just reading with one of my cats 🐾

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Amy_gla
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Love it. Lots of things to take away from it

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perfectsinner
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#bookmail
Got my familiar green package today!
Notes On a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig
When The Heart Waits, Sue Monk Kidd
Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer

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Annazozo
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♥️

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TCLinrow
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'Mental health problems are not:
A bandwagon.
Fashionable.
A fad.
A celebrity trend.
A result of a growing awareness of mental health problems.
Always easy to talk about.
The same as they always were.'

This book has some beautiful, powerful, important messages that sometimes you just really need to hear. This isn't a book to read all at once, and I'm glad I took my time over a few weeks. No doubt I'll return to it again!
#TBRChallenge #ABookThats

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Eggs
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Haig collected 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. Sounds like a worthy read, said the #socialmedia post
#boundtogetherjune @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I probably need to read this 🤣 2y
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IamIamIam
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Bailedbailed

Weird review... this was definitely a PICK but it's not the kind of book I can read start to finish as a library loan. I'd like this on my coffee table for occasional reassurance. I expected more scientific research and it's mainly Haig's experience and habits relating to anxiety caused by constant connectivity.

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IamIamIam
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I feel like this is more appropriate now than it's been in the past. It's hard to want to be in the present when things seem so dismal but it's important to just slow your brain down.

Sace I have so much love for this post. I really needed it. I admit I still go on twitter, but I've been unfollowing anything that is not book or TV related. 3y
IamIamIam @Sace I totally understand. I have a 20 minute timer alert on Facebook and I log out after it goes off. It's easy to fall down the rabbit hole because we feel connected but it's not healthy if you're getting lost or agitated. 🤗 💜 3y
Sace “agitated“ is the perfect word. 3y
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ozma.of.oz I ended up deleting the Facebook app off my phone a couple weeks ago. 3y
IamIamIam @ozma.of.oz I wish I could still do that! It's hardware on my phone now so I can't actually delete it. 😖 It's a great idea, though!! 3y
ravenlee I‘ve been vigorously unfollowing people on Facebook who are contributing to my anxiety. I only go there to see my Memories and keep tabs on how my far-flung friends are holding up. Litsy is a much better place to be. 3y
IamIamIam @ravenlee I agree! There's a lot more positive interactions than FB! I also promised myself that I won't comment on anything that doesn't make me laugh. That, along with the "snooze for 30 days" has been a Facebook lifesaver! I enjoy Instagram too but the same commenting rules apply. ? 3y
MatchlessMarie I decided to only do twitter on the weekends until the “school year” is over. Sometimes it‘s just too much. One year I took a month off all social media except Litsy and Goodreads. It was so nice. 3y
IamIamIam @MatchlessMarie Such a great idea!!! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I just snoozed an aunt on FB the other day and I'm really cutting back my time there as a whole. 3y
IamIamIam @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It's definitely for the best! I decided to stick to my 20 minute limit after snoozing an old neighbor who found out the Amazon Echo whispers so she doesn't wake up her dogs. That was a sign that I need less Facebook in my life!!! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤣🤣🤣The things people are willing to share! 3y
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IamIamIam
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I want you to know that you are seen. Regardless of the degree of your mental illness or what type of mental health you're suffering with, I see you. I stand by you and I'm there too. You shouldn't be told that a gunshot to the leg doesn't hurt because you didn't die. 💜

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IamIamIam
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A quote from this book came up on my Instagram feed and I was curious. Hopefully this will help take the edge off!!! #quarantinereads #QuarantineWeek10

tjwill It has some great lines and was very reassuring to me when I read it last year because I can get very anxious and stressed. I should reread it! 3y
IamIamIam @tjwill Thanks! This is as good a time as any to read it again!!! 😁 3y
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lizzieg
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Engaging and easy to digest, a great collection of thought and advice that are more relevent now than ever!

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alehcim81

“Non potete essere simpatici a tutti. Meglio risultare antipatici perché siete voi stessi, piuttosto che risultare simpatici perché siete qualcun altro. La vita non è un‘opera teatrale. Non continuate a provare la parte di voi stessi. Siate voi stessi.”

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Aimeesue
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Just FYI: It is super hard to be anxious while covered in blankets and dogs. I recommend sleepy dog piles to EVERYONE.
#Stella
#Suzie
#Pibble
#DogsofLitsy

DGRachel YES! Dogs are the best medicine. 😍 3y
Aimeesue @DGRachel We adopted Stella as an unofficial “therapy” dog for my daughter, who has sometimes debilitating anxiety. Best decision we ever made - she‘s helped so much! 3y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 3y
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️ 3y
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TheDaysGoBy
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Pickpick

This was between a pick and a so-so for me. I think he had some good advice, but some of it didn‘t really apply to me. Like all the social media stuff. Do I like/use social media? Absolutely. But I don‘t check it as often as some people and I‘m not the type to be influenced by people. Overall it was a decent read and a nice reminder we‘re in control of how we feel

#TBRread #wintergames

@Clwojick @StayCurious @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRead 🎄🎄🎄 3y
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Caroline2
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I enjoyed this little book. I love Matt‘s writing style (I‘m sure we would totally be best mates in really life 😌) and he‘s perspective on depression and anxiety are refreshing. There‘s a lot in here that we already know but it was still a good read. 👍 Thanks to the lovely @TrishB 😉 #nfnov

TrishB I just read last week too 👍🏻 3y
Margot0817 So is this an uplifting book on depression or how would you describe it further? 3y
Caroline2 @Margot0817 I‘d say it‘s more got advice in it on how to deal with general anxiety. It focuses on cutting back on social media, the news etc and going out in nature more, stuff like that. 3y
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TrishB
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There is nothing particularly new in this, it just reminds us of the stresses and strains of modern society and offers some personal tips on how to approach these.
I found it helpful and informative.

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Purrfectpages
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“Having access to information gives you one kind of freedom at the expense of another”. Thoughtful sound bites like these are what make up the essence of Haig‘s Notes on a Nervous Planet. It‘s a mix of personal introspection due to Haig‘s struggles with depression and anxiety, as well as a commentary on societal implications that fuel such depression and anxiety. It‘s the suggestions themselves that seem pedestrian and kept me from loving this.

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Purrfectpages
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Venturing back into #litsyatoz territory with my next read. #lettern

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CaseyLea
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Pickpick

This book felt like a healing hug. It‘s one of those books that I just know I‘ll be recommending to a lot of people! Insightful, poetic, poignant, uplifting and philosophical. At points, it felt like it was speaking directly to my soul (seriously, one part made me cry!). A beautiful book, highly recommended for any human trying to navigate this crazy modern world!

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CaseyLea
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❤️🙌❤️

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CaseyLea
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This resonates with me so much! Sometimes (quite often), I would rather just avoid the news and focus on more positive things. It‘s trying to strike that balance between staying optimistic and happy, yet still being informed about what‘s going on in this crazy world that we live in! That‘s my Monday musings done 😂

MicheleinPhilly I do this frequently. If the world is ending someone will let me know, but I believe in regular news blackouts. I have to for my own sanity. 3y
CaseyLea @MicheleinPhilly - so true! I would rather focus on doing my best to be a positive source of energy in my own little world (as much as possible anyway, lol) x 3y
ImperfectCJ It's such a difficult balance and a constant struggle for me to know not only how to maintain the balance for myself but to model a healthy relationship with the news for my children. *Sigh* But (awkward segue), welcome to Litsy! :-) 3y
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CaseyLea @ImperfectCJ I totally agree (and thanks for the welcome 😊) x 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👻📖👻 3y
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 3y
CaseyLea @Readswithcoffee Thank you! 😊 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
CaseyLea @CoffeeNBooks Thanks! 😊 3y
VioletBramble Welcome to Litsy! I also have news and Facebook black out days. I can‘t watch the news after a certain hour or I have trouble getting to sleep. 3y
CaseyLea @VioletBramble - thank you! The blissful ignorance definitely helps sometimes, doesn‘t it?! Have a great day 😊 3y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Perfect!! 3y
CaseyLea Hope you‘re enjoying it - I‘m reading it too and like it a lot so far 3y
TheSpineView @CaseyLea Have not started yet. It is the the TBR stacks. 3y
CaseyLea @TheSpineView Definitely one I would recommend 😊 3y
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CamiDug99
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A truly beautiful book! Matt Haig opens up about his own personal struggles in a relatable way, the use of listing, quotes and shorter chapters breaks the book up and makes for very easy reading. This is the first real book I had ever read and I couldn‘t be happier about! 10/10⭐️

#Selfhelp #Nonfiction

Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy! It‘s just about the friendliest place around these days 😊📚❤️ #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 3y
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erinreads
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“Everything we need is here, if we give up thinking we need everything.” I feel like this book is speaking directly to my soul right now.

Gaylagal2 Mine too 🤓 3y
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Brenda
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Pickpick

Excellent book! " The paradox of modern life is this: we have never been more connected, and we have never been more alone." ?

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Lirochacamarao
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Every person that is suffering with any anxiety problems should definitely read this book. Honestly, all people should read this book. Absolutely amazing and full of hope.
Well done Matt Haig!

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lisakoby
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Pickpick

Thought provoking and, oddly, calming me by calling to our shared non-consumable humanity.

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sarahgreatlove
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Pickpick

This book is a beautiful love letter to humanity, in a way, especially to all of us who struggle with anxiety and overwhelm. It‘s very poetic but also very practical. I‘ll definitely be buying this one for friends. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JackOBotts
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Another important, honest, and open work from Haig. How has society, technology, social media, culture changed, and how have those changes impacted our daily lives? This may be the only book I finish in June, but it was a good one. Lots to highlight and reflect upon.

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Emilymdxn
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Panpan

Very generic (‘keep yearning‘ and ‘love will save us‘). I also feel he implied his experiences were universal unhelpfully. I have anxiety and lots of his descriptions didn‘t ring true. I get ppl differ, but he didn‘t leave much wiggle room for valid different experiences. Authors he quoted who I know I felt he badly mischaracterised, and he was VERY into Sapiens which is 😐. I wanted more than ‘marketing is, like, damaging, guys‘ as the message

Zelma I had similar issues with his earlier book How to Stay Alive. I know it was an #unpopularopinion but I hated it. I felt like it diminished other people‘s experiences with depression and anxiety, pointing to his ways of dealing with it as superior. Probably not hi intention but the whole book just left a bad taste in my mouth. 3y
Caterina Moments like this I wish I could "anti-stack" a book from a review, in the category of "remember to never ever read this." ? Thanks for the review! 3y
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ssravp
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Pickpick

Man does this hit close to home. Great truths. Great advice. And it‘s narrated by the author, which I always enjoy.

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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

This was an interesting, if not especially original, read. A lot of the advice is fairly common sense (some of it a little trite) but it does bear repeating. It's an interesting reflection on modern life, and obviously I enjoyed the bit about how good reading is for you ("reading is love in action").

CarolynM I'm going to remember that quote! 🙂 4y
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KimM
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Words of wisdom from Matt Haig.

Bookgirl This is great. Stacked! 4y
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sarahgreatlove
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Went to my fave bookstore today while on holiday and took many pictures of books I really wanted!