Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

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. I have become embroiled in some argument with someone who has called me a “snowflake” or “libtard” or who has tweet-shouted “LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER”
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design. We should remember the song of being human.
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natural selves haven’t changed in tens of thousands of years, and we should remember that, with every new app or smartphone or social media platform or nuclear weapon we
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When looking at the sky, all our 21st-century worries can be placed in their cosmic context. The sky is bigger than emails and deadlines and mortgages and internet trolls.
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Stop dreaming of imaginary goals and finishing lines. Accept what marketing doesn’t want you to: you are fine. You lack nothing.
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are being sold unhappiness, because unhappiness is where the money is.

Much of what is sold to us is the idea that we could be better than who we are if we tried to become something else.
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turning up and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most will never know. We must stop equating the condition with the patient.
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Panic is the product of overload. In an overloaded world we need to have a filter. We need to simplify things. We need to disconnect sometimes. We need to stop staring at our phones.
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a world of a million distractions you are still left with only one mind.
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When it comes to our minds, awareness is very often the solution itself.
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our anxiety is in part a product of culture, it can also be something we can change by changing our reaction to that culture.
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our anxiety is in part a product of culture, it can also be something we can change by changing our reaction to that culture.
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Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction cycle, re
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rewarding the brain for losing focus.
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stimulation we have, the easier it is to feel bored.
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The paradox of modern life is this: we have never been more connected and we have never been more alone.
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Sometimes life just seems too complicated, too dehumanizing, and we lose sight of what matters.
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One thing mental illness taught me is that progress is a matter of acceptance. Only by accepting a situation can you change it.
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Don’t worry about things you can’t control. The news is full of things you can’t do anything about.
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difference now is that—thanks to camera phones and breaking news and social media and our constant connection to the internet—we experience what is happening elsewhere in a more direct and visceral and intimate way than ever before.
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