Book Summary — Notes On A Nervous Planet [Matt Haig]

Fynn Comerford
3 min readApr 23, 2023

This article is a brief summary of the book “Notes on a Nervous Planet” by Matt Haig. The book offers insights and advice on mental health and personal development, with a focus on navigating the challenges of modern life. The core ideas presented in this book summary include the importance of prioritizing our choices, acknowledging our emotions without letting them overwhelm us, surrounding ourselves with genuine people, and taking care of our physical and mental health.

Here is a brief run through some of the main takeaways:

  1. There is a vast amount of transient magic out there, waiting to be discovered. Every life, every movie, and every book offers its own unique and valuable insights. However, it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the options available to us. It’s important to take the time to edit our choices and prioritize the ones that we feel most drawn to.
  2. Our emotions can often cloud our judgment and prevent us from seeing things clearly. Just because we feel like we don’t have time or we’re anxious doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s important to acknowledge our feelings, but also to take a step back and evaluate the situation objectively.
  3. Instead of trying to be cool, strive to surround yourself with warm, genuine people. Life is about cultivating relationships and connections, and those who are truly worth your time will always embrace your authentic self.
  4. Reading is a valuable tool for gaining knowledge and insight. The more you read, the more equipped you’ll be to navigate difficult times and find your way back to a place of peace and clarity.
  5. Letting go of who you think you are can be scary, but it can also be liberating. When you release the limitations and expectations you’ve placed on yourself, you open up to new possibilities and opportunities.
  6. Nature operates on its own timeline, free from the constraints of our fast-paced world. Yet, despite its lack of urgency, everything is accomplished in its own time. We can learn a lot from nature’s patient and deliberate approach to life.
  7. The internet can be a valuable tool for connection and discovery, but only if we use it in a way that brings us joy. If browsing online is causing you stress or anxiety, it’s okay to step away and focus on other activities.
  8. In nature, imperfection is celebrated. Trees grow in strange and beautiful ways…

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Fynn Comerford

CoS at Lorentz Bio | Frequency Bio Fellow | Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh | Founder of edventure | iGEM 2020 | Videographer