Shelf Help is a book club and community dedicated to self-help and self-development.
Each month, founder Toni Jones, a wellbeing journalist and self-help geek, highlights a book that has changed her life for the better. She also shares content and wisdom from the titles on the Shelf Help Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as holding IRL meetups and author events.
November Book of the Month:
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
ABOUT NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET
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 twenty-first century.
WHY DID MATT HAIG WRITE NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET?
Matt told The Observer: “While we acknowledge things like alcohol or drugs can be bad for our mental health, we don’t really understand how more day-to-day stuff affects us. So I thought it might be useful to write a book placing our mental health in the context of 21st-century society.”
SHELF HELP REVIEW
Toni says: : “An unintimidating self-help book designed to help us survive modern life. Maybe even with a smile on our face.
“Matt uses anecdotes from his own (highly anxious) life to offer advice on sleep, addiction, social media, work, rest (lots of that please!) and play. And his ‘notes’ style of writing means that a dip into just one sage page can leave us feeling instantly happier and calmer.”