Notes on a Nervous Planet is a book about living in the modern technological age without getting overwhelmed by the constant stressors and anxieties that can lead to depression. Notes on a Nervous Planet is written by Matt Haig, the multi-award-winning author of the number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive. Spurred by his personal experiences with anxiety and panic attacks, Haig writes about how (despite making us more connected) our increasing reliance on smartphones and social media can actually cause us to feel lonely and alienated.
Matt Haig developed a panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, and had a hard time understanding how the outside world can have an effect on his mental state. Notes on a Nervous Planet captures Haig’s observations, illustrating how the advancements in our society, commercial and technological, can actually hinder our moods. He speaks about everything from social media, to inequality, to the news.
Haig also demonstrates how sleep quality, exercise, and thoughts can influence our mental states, and how we can improve them.