Book club: January edition

So here we are, 12 days deep into 2019 already. Here is the first month of book club for the year and it’s a good one!

Reading is and always has been such an escape for me. Those around me will know I always have a book close by. Sometimes I’ll spend hours reading to let my imagination fill my mind instead of thoughts such as how many loads of washing I’ve got piling up or how messy the space around me is. Sometimes we just need to stop being on the go, all of the time and take a minute (or a few hours) to centre ourselves again. That may sound rather holistic but it really does work. I guess it makes me realise that actually, that pile of washing is actually only two loads and it will literally take a second to carry them to the washing machine and pop them in. That’s just an example but I feel like a good book and a bucket full of tea really does solve everything. That may just about be the most British sentence I’ve ever said.

So, on the mindfulness topic, I wanted to talk about a book my friend sent me (I love you so much, it was the most thoughtful thing to receive ever). It’s called ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ by Matt Haig.

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You can pick it up from Amazon here for £9.

I’ve only just started it so I can’t actually give a review just yet - but I’ve read enough to know that everyone needs to read it. I thought it might be quite nice to read it together, at the same time!

Here’s the blurb:

‘The world is messing with out minds.

Rates if 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 worlds?

  • 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.’

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The author is speaking from his point of view using his experiences and thus, knowledge, to discuss every aspect of anxiety, depression, low emotions and everything in between. I feel like you don’t need to necessarily be suffering with any of the above to appreciate the book though. Maybe it could help you understand what someone else is going through. Plus, I’m around 15 pages in and it’s already full of humour and interesting facts. And I bloody love a good fact. The author has also written other books such as ‘Reasons to stay alive’. That’s going to be my next read!

I hope you enjoy this book and are looking forward to the Book Club of 2019. Let me know your thoughts on this one. If you’ve already read it, let me know if it helped at all!

See you soon,

Meg xx