REASONS TO STAY ALIVE MATT HAIG EBOOK
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Editorial Reviews. Review. "The intensely personal significance that the text holds for Haig, Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Health, Fitness & Dieting. Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live. Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute.
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Read "Reasons to Stay Alive" by Matt Haig available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. ALSO BY MATT HAIG The Last Family in England The Dead Fathers Club The Possession of Mr Cave The Radleys The Humans Humans: An A-Z CANONGATE.
Words, just sometimes, really can set you free. I think it is a small masterpiece. Sometimes depression can be like falling into a wordless pit. Matt Haig finds the words. I read it in one sitting. Touching, funny, thought-provoking, with a huge heart. It should be read by anyone who has suffered, or known someone who has suffered i. The gap between where you are and where you want to be. Simply thinking of the gap widens it. And you end up falling through.
Jules Verne wrote of the 'Living Infinite'. This is the world of love and emotion that is like a 'sea'. If we can submerge ourselves in it, we find infinity in ourselves, and the space we need to survive. Three in the morning is never the time to try and sort out your life. Remember that there is nothing weird about you. You are just a human, and everything you do and feel is a natural thing, because we are natural animals.
You are nature. You are a hominid ape. You are in the world and the world is in you.
Everything cconnects. Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax. Be brave. Be strong. Breathe, and keep going. You will thank yourself later.
Fresh air. Yellowing paperbacks. Skin against skin at one in the morning. Long, deep, meaningful kisses.
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Short, shallow, polite kisses. All kisses. Cold swimming pools. Roaring fires. Pub meals. Sitting outside and eating olives. The lights fading in the cinema, with a bucket of warm popcorn in your lap. Unabashed emotion. Rock pools. Swimming pools. Peanut butter sandwiches. The scent of pine on a warm evening in Italy. Drinking water after a long run. Getting the all-clear after a health scare.
Getting the phone call. Cities twinkling at night as you drive past them, as if they are fallen constellations of stars. View all 11 comments.
Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes: A book about mental illness. There were some bits i related to, others not so much. However, the writing style was simple and accessible, the paragraphs; short and concise. This is a good read if you're beginning your journey of learning about depression: I won this proof on twitter from Matt and though I don't often review books here, I thought that probably I owed him that. Not just for giving me a free copy, but for writing the book in the first place.
Let me be honest, I started reading this and thought "This book isn't written for me". But then I thought "There are people I would like to read this, because it feels so familiar to me. I would like every depressed person to have an unlimited supply of copies to hand out to anyone who tells them to pull themselves together. I would like to just leave it on tube seats and cafe tables because I just think, if a few more people could understand how depression and anxiety felt, then maybe the world would be better.
And then I think it became a book for me. Because if you've ever felt otherwise, it's always good to collect more reasons to stay alive.
More ways to stay alive. Because there will come a time again when you need them. So I think, maybe, this is a book for everyone. Required reading. View all 3 comments. Like a modern day William Styron, Matt Haig shares his experience with depression and anxiety and how he fought to overcome su "Now, listen.
Like a modern day William Styron, Matt Haig shares his experience with depression and anxiety and how he fought to overcome suicidal thinking. He discloses how his mental illness has affected his work, his relationships, and his perception of life overall.
The greatest part: Another great quote from the same page as the first one in this review: The weird thing about depression is that, even though you might have more suicidal thoughts, the fear of death remains the same. The only difference is that the pain of life has rapidly increased. So when you hear about someone killing themselves it's important to know that death wasn't any less scary for them. It wasn't a 'choice' in the moral sense. To be moralistic about it is to misunderstand.
His view on resisting medication while seeking treatment resonated with me: I also appreciated his emphasis on mindfulness and breathing. We live in such a fast-paced world that feelings of aloneness and worry about emails, meetings, and deadlines seem natural.
Haig encourages us to take a step back and give ourselves time for self-care.
From a memoir perspective, I also desired more of a consistent narrative, as I felt that the book jumped from idea to idea a lot. Still, I would recommend Reasons to Stay Alive , in particular to those interested in mental illness who have not already read too much about it. A final, hopeful quote: Summoning the courage to die, and then summoning the courage to live. To be.
Not to be. Right there, death was so close. An ounce more terror and the scales would have tipped. There may be a universe in which I took that step but it isn't this one. I received an ARC of this book from Canongate. My usual technique, when reading an ARC, is to read 5 pages, then take a view as to whether I'm going to actually read the book. Matt Haig is a marvellous writer: In this memoir and it's short, barely pages long , he manages to articulate, both the bleakness of depression and the means o I received an ARC of this book from Canongate.
In this memoir and it's short, barely pages long , he manages to articulate, both the bleakness of depression and the means of dealing with it, little by little, day by day, without ever sounding maudlin, or self-indulgent, or preachy. For everyone who has ever felt the snap of the black dog's teeth, this book is wise, funny, affirming and redemptive.
Sometimes depression can be like falling into a wordless pit. Matt Haig finds the words. And he says them for all of us. View 2 comments. So definitely pick this up when you feel emotionally stable enough to confront very real descriptions of mental illness. The way that Matt phrased a lot of things was just spot-on.
I related to all his descriptions of the fear and the agoraphobia and almost everything else he touched on. Parts of this book were so powerful they brought tears to my eyes. He truly is a brilliantly talented writer, and i'm tempted to pick up some of his other books just because he had that much of a knack with words.
But more than that, he just put the experience of living with debilitating mental illness into words.
There were a few "solutions" to anxiety that I disagreed with such as his telling the audience to avoid distractions because they're unhealthy, when I use distractions almost every day as a coping mechanism , but overall, I did tab several parts of this book to return to in the future. Anyone who suffers from anxiety and depression will understand just how horrific and truly debilitating it can be. This book is excellent for anyone who has no idea how a family member or partner suffers.
Hope you are still doing well Matt and what an absolutely fantastic supportive wife you have. View all 30 comments. So good that it should be required reading. In schools. For GPs. Some sections were so real that I had to put the book aside for a while.
It's brilliant and hopeful. My thanks to Matt Haig for sharing so much of himself. It's not something most of us are able to do. Like Van Gogh. You might cut off your ear. It is more delicate than the most intricate Swiss watch. It may be beautiful and wonderful, but it is also hard. The way people seem to cope is by not thinking about it too much. But some people are not going to be able to do that.
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And besides, it is the human condition. We think therefore we are. He is empathetic. He is real. From minor niggles to major problems, Matt Haig discusses the insidiousness of mental health. Wishing my thoughts could float away from my head as easily as the blossom floated from the tree. I started to cry. In public. Wishing I was a cherry tree.
It spoke to me on so many levels. It had my mind racing in a thousand different directions reading it.
And it brought a lump to my throat more than once. I'll end this review with some more words from Matt Haig about depression, which are utterly beautiful. You were there before it. And the cloud can't exist without the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud.
View all 20 comments. What an absorbing and powerful read. I even felt while reading this book a resurfa Wow. I even felt while reading this book a resurfacing of old feelings a sense of heightened anxiety A lack of sleep was inevitable. The descriptions almost gave me a twist in the stomach so gut wrenchingly real and awful.
Being a lifelong anxiety sufferer the words on these pages were unbelievably accurate and insightful. If I could hug it I would. View all 21 comments. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet. I find my brain retaining most of the things I read in non-fiction!! This was like a double edged weapon for me. The author describes how his life was kind of normal but there were some mild signs that I can reflect on myself.
If my anxiety ever gets worse, I will know it is not the end because I have read this and will recall the good parts as mentioned earlier. So all in all, I can say that this is a good book but must be approached with the right mentality.
I read it with a friend who also felt the same. I should have lowered my expectations but I can still see myself recommending this to other readers! View all 4 comments. Not too long ago I was approached by Canongate about this book. They had seen that I made a recommendation video on my YouTube channel for books relating to mental health and because of this they thought I would enjoy this book.
Mental health awareness is something I consider to be of the utmost importance - having suffered with depression and anxiety from a young age this is definitely a topic I hold dear to my heart. Now I have to be honest - I'm not one for reading non-fiction, in fact last ye Not too long ago I was approached by Canongate about this book. Now I have to be honest - I'm not one for reading non-fiction, in fact last year I think I only read one biography and possibly a 'making of The Hobbit' book, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone!
Because of this I was very hesitant to accept the novel for review but on hearing some very positive things from people I trust I decided to throw caution to the wind and accept! Wow long intro This book was simply wonderful, heart-breaking and a real thought provoker.
I don't think I can even efficiently describe this book to get across the beauty and significance of it. We learn of how Matt contemplated suicide and how he could barely leave the house due to the anxiety, a lot of this resonated with me and I found myself nodding along with various anecdotes from Haig's childhood that I also had very similar experiences of.
I think this is a book that will mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Either you can see this in yourself or you can see it in someone you love - I believe this book could be of great help to sufferers and supports alike. Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss, especially when you are in the midst of it - in myself I can see that when I look back now I have a much greater understanding of my state of mind and have learnt how to cope with similar feelings in the future.
Truly eye-opening and something that I think would bring hope to those who are currently feeling lost - I think if I had read something like this during my darkest times I would have really benefitted from the hope that radiates from this story.
Straight into my favourites! I'm so conflicted, and I feel really bad rating this two stars. Maybe it's more like a 2. I do genuinely appreciate a lot of things about this, but at the same time I just couldn't connect.
Honestly, if you're planning to read this - my lack of enjoyment over this book is probably a 'me-problem' and you should just go for it. I'm just not one of the people who 'get' this book, I guess. Just to jot things down quickly ish: Things I enjoyed about this: I u I'm so conflicted, and I feel really bad rating this two stars.
I understand this, and books help me cope so these were the moments where I went "yes! I know what you're talking about, I understand you, this is nice. It's a lovely addition. I'm so happy this was brought up.
Because we, as a society, make them feel that they can't be 'weak and feminine' and show their emotions or talk about them. It makes me so angry and upset! I feel like that's the most important thing - because we all know kind of how we got to that lowest point - it's getting out of that ravine that makes me interested in a person's story.
So yeah. I want to know how. They help so many people, and I realise Matt said that the fact that they didn't work for him doesn't mean that they won't work for other people. BUT all of this is so stigmatised, and I felt like he was downplaying the importance of medication, I guess?
I'm going to stop listing things, because it makes me feel mean. I'm really critical about these things, and I'll probably end up discussing this on my blog at some point because this is such an important issue to me.
But in conclusion: I'm sure this book will help a lot of people, I'm just not one of those people. But - I would thank Matt Haig for writing about this and putting himself out there - I realise and appreciate how hard that is to do.
View all 8 comments. I feel like this book is a friend I very much needed. I enjoyed reading this. It was such an honest and personal account of what Matt Haig went through.
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I could really relate to this but reading some parts were hard because of that. I kind of wish I read this when I was in a better mental space because I might have gotten more out of it but I think he did a really good job. I hope more people come f 3. I hope more people come forward and feel brave enough and safe enough to share their stories of what it is like to have depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc because I would love to read more books like this one.
I would recommend it but I think you should be in a good headspace at that moment. I would also read more by Haig. No future. Far from the tunnel having light at the end of it, it seems like it is blocked at both ends, and you are inside it.
Sign in to see the full collection. A Sunday Times bestseller, Reasons to Stay Alive is both a wonderfully moving and upbeat account of how Matt Haig survived depression and anxiety, and an accessible, life-affirming guide to helping yourself—and others—through mental illness. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off.
This is the story of why he didn't, and how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It's also an optimistic, joyous and often funny exploration of how to live better, love better, read better and feel more. A wonderful mix of memoir and hard-won wisdom, Reasons to Stay Alive is, at heart, about making the most of your time on earth. HarperCollins Canada. January 19, Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget.
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Learn more here.The boys were meant to be staying there too but there had been a double-booking, so eight of us boys stayed in the stables outside, a good distance from the warm hotel. Love and Ruin. However, the serotonin theory of depression looks a bit wobbly. Your pupils might dilate. Christine Mangan. And I returned to staring out at those ghosts of my childhood. The Muse. Tin Man. Matt would be okay.
I had never been one of those males who were scared of tears.