Reasons To Stay Alive eBook ñ Reasons To MOBI

  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • Matt Haig
  • English
  • 14 October 2016
  • 9781782116820

10 thoughts on “Reasons To Stay Alive

  1. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

    FINALLY A book about depression that makes sense that those with depression will read and sit nodding their heads and agreeing all the way through it No psychobabble here from Psychologists who have never experienced depression just real raw telling of Matt Haig's journey with the dreaded black dog This book should be given or bought by EVERYONE battling depression or has a loved one battling it It's everywhere you know Matt so simply explains how it feels he is so darn honest and all of what he says is true trust me I know He breaks it down into simple formats like lists of what you feel like on a bad day or what you are thinking and it's all stuff that NONE of the other books cover it's really what is going on in your dark mindHe tackles the issues of suicidal thoughts and tendencies and how scary it can be nobody wants to talk about that right? But we need to A bit that resonated with me was about how withdrawn you become from the world scared to go out on your own or even with others you need people but you can't cope with them It's overwhelming Matt mentions staring out of a window and watching people go by and thinking he just wants to be normal like them I have done that hundreds of times with my cat by my side wishing normal was in my scope It made me laugh in places too it's gutsy and so freaking RIGHT Loved this book I read it in the wee hours of the morning relating to everything Matt has gone through and cheering for his moments of coming out of the darkness that is so devastating Let's get real about depression it can hit anyone it's not a choice you can't just positive self talk your way out of it Just buy this book 5 paw prints from the Booklover Catlady for this little gem Nice job Matt this one will help so many people It should be given out at every counselling and therapy session for anyone with depression around the world For of my reviews book talk giveaways and much go towwwfacebookcomBookloverCatlady

  2. Es Summer Es Summer says:

    If you are doubting to read this book read this uote The world is increasingly designed to depress usHappiness isn't very good for the economy If we were happy with what we had why would we need ? How do you sell an anti ageing moisturizer? You make someone worry about ageingHow do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigrationHow do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything How do you get them to have plastic surgery?By highlighting their physical flawsHow do you get them to watch a TV show?By making them worry about missing out This book is one of the best non fiction books I have ever read How it touched meHow deeply it made me feelThis is than a self help book or a book that teaches you how to get rid of depressionThis book makes you live depression It gets so deep under your skin that sadness starts to pour into your veins your emotions are heightened This author has a way of making you understand not only the sickness but every aspect of it as well I lived his story with him and to be honest it was not a happy go lucky everything will be okay self help book It was a straight in your face kinda book A story that did not sugar coat anything It had something strangely comforting thoughHe is so accepting; of his sadness his anxiety the intense emotions He does not hesitate to make you understand how depression works It is no fun but still the insights were amazing Reasons to Stay Alive is a very dark non fiction book although the light at the end of the tunnel was there eventually I am you and you are meWe are alone but not aloneWe are trapped by time but also infiniteMade of flesh but also stars

  3. JV (semi-hiatus) JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    I hate depression I am scared of it Terrified in fact But at the same time it has made me who I am And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life it’s a price always worth paying I am satisfied just to be 2018 — The demon came 'Twas the year I lost a part of myself My soul wept and mourned for that someone I once truly cherished — the previous me Looking into the mirror I saw nothing but hopelessness worthlessness and sadness in those eyes — bereft of joy and love The demon succeeded — almost Menacing and taunting it dragged me helplessly into the insatiable abyss — the unfathomable frigid depths of the ocean The agonising pain was consuming every bit of my sanity And I was left wondering if ever my fall will ever be caught by someone or something It was definitely my end — as I once saw in my dreams precognition of my own death my finality As the demon plunged me into the murkiest depths I told myself I needed to go back to where I came from This is not the coda I was expecting and yet the proverbial light seemed to be receding Yes it was dragging me into its deeper darker and suffocating embrace muting and subduing all the prismatic colours that once enveloped me A part of me died and no one could ever notice because the weirdest thing about a mind is that you can have the most intense things going on in there but no one else can see them All hope was nearly lost yet I clung to that spark of light saving most parts of myself that are slowly disintegrating and dissipating into that vast expanse of infinite darkness If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy you are wrong They could not care less about the luxury of happiness They just want to feel an absence of pain To escape a mind on fire where thoughts blaze and smoke like old possessions lost to arson To be normal Or as normal is impossible to be empty And now here I am Not the same and never will be but now stronger and still keeping the demon at bay Well I think it is going to be a part of me anyway being an empath and a highly sensitive individual all my life Reading this book gave me comfort offered hope validated my experience and made me accept things that I cannot change and still be hopeful and stop worrying about worrying and all that My sincerest gratitude to Matt Haig for sharing his story with such remarkable candour This is a book that is meant to be read by everyone — for those who wanted to understand what depressionanxiety is for those whose light has been consumed by the darkness but are still looking for the momentary spark that will truly guide them into the light and out of the blue; and for those who are carers of depressed individuals Depression is an illness Yet it doesn’t come with a rash or a cough It is hard to see as it is generally invisible Even though it is a serious illness it is also surprisingly hard for many sufferers to recognise it at first Not because it doesn’t feel bad – it does – but because that bad feeling seems unrecognisable or can be confused with other things Like Haig I also write and read to escape know myself broaden my perspective and it's my way of resisting and restraining the demon One cliché attached to bookish people is that they are lonely but for me books were my way out of being lonely If you are the type of person who thinks too much about stuff then there is nothing lonelier in the world than being surrounded by a load of people on a different wavelength Books were about movement They were about uests and journeys Beginnings and middles and ends even if not in that order They were about new chapters And leaving old ones behind You might ask me what keeps you going? Well having a fictional hubby like Dean Winchester inspires me what if I can find an actual Dean Winchester in this reality called life? At least that is one of my Reasons to Stay Alive Life is still full of possibilities even if some are uite implausible And please remember whoever is reading this you are definitely not alone Audiobook rating narrated by Matt HaigNarrative voice style ★★★½Vocal characterisation ★★★½Inflexion intonation ★★★Voice uality ★★★½Audiobook verdict ★★★

  4. Cindy Cindy says:

    35 stars I think I was expecting the book to be profound than it actually turned out to be It's a series of thoughts and reflections that the author has I appreciate Haig sharing his struggles with depression and his sensitivity but I'm not sure if it does much other than being relatable This might suit better for someone who is starting to understand depression; otherwise it doesn't add anything new to the conversation we've already been having about mental health

  5. Swaroop Kanti Swaroop Kanti says:

    So relevant for these strange uncertain and stressful times Words just sometimes can set you free'But in the end one needs courage to live than to kill himself' Albert Camus A Happy DeathThis book has been an incredible read I am not sure if there is an ancient saying about this but this book surely appeared when the reader needed it Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive is just wonderful It brought many bright rays of hope and sunshine at a time when life's become so very uncertain and it seems to be all about getting through one day at a time One of those books which that need to be reread and referred toThank you Matt HaigThe storm ends Believe me I am you and you are me We are alone but not alone We are trapped by time but also infinite Made of flesh but also stars

  6. Lotte Lotte says:

    455 stars If you've suffered from depression andor anxiety yourself at some point in your life or you know someone that has and it's very likely that you do this book is an absolute must read

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    One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read Inspiration almost drips off the pages It's honest and vivid enough to make difference even for people who have done no personal trips to the hellish planet of DepressionAnd the imagery Don't get me started on it or I won't get any sleep today I love when concepts are mixed with guidelines and wisdom of someone who has been there and done all thatI can't imagine why I never knew about this author before It's a sure must read and a must reread and even a must keep copy on my bedside table at all timesNB Careful if you have the tendency to trigger negaive emotions via empathy as this book is honest about what the author went through regarding his psychological experiencesInspirational Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with c So every human inhabitant on this freak wonder of a planet shares the same core I am you and you are me We are alone but not alone We are trapped by time but also infinite Made of flesh but also stars c How to stop time kissHow to travel in time readHow to escape time musicHow to feel time writeHow to release time breathe c Your mind is a galaxy More dark than light But the light makes it worthwhile Even when the darkness is total Always know that life is not still Time is space You are moving through that galaxy Wait for the stars c You will one day experience joy that matches this pain You will cry euphoric tears at the Beach Boys you will stare down at a baby’s face as she lies asleep in your lap you will make great friends you will eat delicious foods you haven’t tried yet you will be able to look at a view from a high place and not assess the likelihood of dying from falling There are books you haven’t read yet that will enrich you films you will watch while eating extra large buckets of popcorn and you will dance and laugh and have sex and go for runs by the river and have late night conversations and laugh until it hurts Life is waiting for you You might be stuck here for a while but the world isn’t going anywhere Hang on in there if you can Life is always worth it cInstructional The key is in accepting your thoughts all of them even the bad ones Accept thoughts but don’t become them Understand for instance that having a sad thought even having a continual succession of sad thoughts is not the same as being a sad person You can walk through a storm and feel the wind but you know you are not the wind That is how we must be with our minds We must allow ourselves to feel their gales and downpours but all the time knowing this is just necessary weatherWhen I sink deep now and I still do from time to time I try and understand that there is another bigger and stronger part of me that is not sinking It stands unwavering cSo as was often the case a big fear was beaten by a bigger fear The best way to beat a monster is to find a scarier one cThis isn't a uestion of strength Not the stoic get on with stuff without thinking too much kind of strength anyway It's of a zooming in That sharpening You know before the age of twenty four I hadn't realised how bad things could feel but I hadn't realised how good they could feel either That shell might be protecting you but it's also stopping you feeling the full force of that good stuff Depression might be a hell of a price to pay for waking up to life But it is actually uite therapeutic to know that pleasure doesn't just help compensate for pain it can actually grow out of it c THE WORLD IS increasingly designed to depress us Happiness isn’t very good for the economy If we were happy with what we had why would we need ? How do you sell an anti ageing moisturiser? You make someone worry about ageing How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry about missing out How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them feel like they are being left behind To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act To be happy with your own non upgraded existence To be comfortable with our messy human selves would not be good for business c You are walking around with your head on fire and no one can see the flames c I’d always considered myself to be a person who liked books But there is a difference between liking books and needing them I needed books They weren’t a luxury good during that time in my life They were a Class A addictive substance I’d have gladly got into serious debt to read indeed I did I think I read books in those six months than I had done during five years of university education and I’d certainly fallen deeper into the worlds conjured on the page There is this idea that you either read to escape or you read to find yourself I don't really see the difference We find ourselves through the process of escaping cMINDS ARE UNIUE They go wrong in uniue ways My mind went wrong in a slightly different way to how other minds go wrong Our experience overlaps with other people's but it is never exactly the same experience c Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through how you managed to survive You won’t even be sure in fact whether the storm is really over But one thing is certain When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in That’s what this storm’s all about c Talk Listen Encourage talking Encourage listening Keep adding to the conversation Stay on the lookout for those wanting to join in the conversation Keep reiterating again and again that depression is not something you ‘admit to’ it is not something you have to blush about it is a human experience cThings people say to depressives that they don’t say in other life threatening situations‘Come on I know you’ve got tuberculosis but it could be worse At least no one’s died’'Why do you think you got cancer of the stomach?’‘Yes I know colon cancer is hard but you want to try living with someone who has got it Sheesh Nightmare’‘Oh Alzheimer’s you say? Oh tell me about it I get that all the time’‘Ah meningitis Come on mind over matter’ ‘Yes yes your leg is on fire but talking about it all the time isn’t going to help things is it?’‘Okay Yes Yes Maybe your parachute has failed But chin up cNever say 'pull yourself together' or 'cheer up' unless you're also going to provide detailed foolproof instructions cWe are all echoes of each other We are all humans and feel both despair and happiness Our similarities as a species are staggering And our mental fragility is directly tied up with our humanity We have nothing to be ashamed of in being human any than a tree should be ashamed of having branches Let’s accept our own nature Let’s be kind to ourselves and to each other Let’s never add to the pain by blaming ourselves We are all so weird that really none of us are There are seven billion versions of strange on this freak wonder of a planet We are all part of that All freaks All wonderful cGoals are the source of misery An unattained goal causes pain but actually achieving it brings only a brief satisfaction cLife is hard It may be beautiful and wonderful but it is also hard Life is so infinitely hard It involves a thousand tasks all at once And I am a thousand different people all fleeing away from the centre c That's the odd thing about depression and anxiety It acts like an intense fear of happiness even as you yourself consciously want that happiness than anything So if it catches you smiling even fake smiling then well that stuff's just not allowed and you know it so here comes ten tons of counterbalance c The weirdest thing about a mind is that you can have the most intense things going on in there but no one else can see them The world shrugs c Where talk exists so does hope c If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy you are wrong They could not care less about the luxury of happiness They just want to feel an absence of pain To escape a mind on fire where thoughts blaze and smoke like old possessions lost to arson To be normal Or as normal is impossible to be empty And the only way I could be empty was to stop living One minus one is zero cI wanted to be dead No That's not uite right I didn't want to be dead I just didn't want to be alive cWhat doesn't kill you very often makes you weaker What doesn't kill you can leave you limping for the rest of your days What doesn't kill you can make you scared to leave your house or even your bedroom and have you trembling or mumbling incoherently or leaning with your head on a window pane wishing you could return to the time before the thing that didn't kill you c Forcing yourself to see the world through love's gaze can be healthy Love is an attitude to life It can save usc Unlike a book or a film depression doesn’t have to be about something Books were about movement They were about uests and journeys Beginnings and middles and ends even if not in that order They were about new chapters And leaving old ones behind c Misery like yoga is not a competitive sport cOn books and emotionsPeople place so much value on thought but feeling is as essential I want to read books that make me laugh and cry and fear and hope and punch the air in triumph I want a book to hug me or grab me by the scruff of my neck I don’t even mind if it punches me in the gut Because we are here to feel c we are humans We are a clandestine species Unlike other animals we wear clothes and do our procreating behind closed doors And we are ashamed when things go wrong with us But we’ll grow out of this and the way we’ll do it is by speaking about it And maybe even through reading and writing about itI believe that Because it was in part through reading and writing that I found a kind of salvation from the dark c I CAN REMEMBER the day the old me diedIt started with a thought cI had put off being an adult for as long as I could and it had loomed like a cloud A cloud that was now breaking and raining down on me c the mind is infinite and its torments – when they happen – can be eually infinite cBut this was illness This wasn’t having a crazy thought This wasn’t being a bit wacky This wasn’t reading Borges or listening to Captain Beefheart or smoking a pipe or hallucinating a giant Mars bar This was pain cIn a world where possibility is endless the possibilities for pain and loss and permanent separation are also endless So fear breeds imagination and vice versa on and on and on until there is nothing left to do except go mad cFunnyThe woman I wanted to be was not particularly fast at her job I think she was the slowest person there had ever been at her job I think she may well have been the incentive for the later move towards self service checkouts in many shops ‘Do you need a bag?’I sort of did need a bag but I couldn’t risk slowing her down any cSo annoyingly scientists aren’t all singing from the same hymn sheet Some don’t even believe there is a hymn sheet Others have burnt the hymn sheet and written their own songs cTHE DEMON SAT next to me in the back of the car He was real and false all at once This is weird Mum is talking about Matthew Bourne and her friends who have seen this production and there is a happy demon on the back seat licking my face cHow to live   2 Sip don't gulp c10 Wherever you are at any moment try and find something beautiful A face a line out of a poem the clouds out of a window some graffiti a wind farm Beauty cleans the mind c14 Look at the sky Remind yourself of the cosmos Seek vastness at every opportunity in order to see the smallness of yourself c17 Do not watch TV aimlessly Do not go on social media aimlessly Always be aware of what you are doing and why you are doing it Don’t value TV less Value it Then you will watch it less Unchecked distractions will lead you to distraction c 18 Sit down Lie down Be still Do nothing Observe Listen to your mind Let it do what it does without judging it Let it go like the Snow ueen c22 Live Love Let go The three Ls c 21 walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet c25 Read a book without thinking about finishing it Just read it Enjoy every word sentence and paragraph Don't wish for it to end or for it to never end c 24 Beware of the gap 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 c30 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 c31 Three in the morning is never the time to try and sort out your life c32 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 c39 Just when you feel you have no time to relax know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax c40 Be brave Be strong Breathe and keep going You will thank yourself later cThings to engoySUNRISES SUNSETS THE thousand suns and worlds that aren’t ours but shine in the night sky Books Cold beer Fresh air Dogs Horses Yellowing paperbacks Skin against skin at one in the morning Long deep meaningful kisses Short shallow polite kisses All kisses Cold swimming pools Oceans Seas Rivers Lakes Fjords Ponds Puddles Roaring fires Pub meals Sitting outside and eating olives The lights fading in the cinema with a bucket of warm popcorn in your lap Music Love 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

  8. Imane Imane says:

    “How to stop time kissHow to travel in time readHow to escape time musicHow to feel time writeHow to release time breathe” ― Matt Haig Reasons to Stay Alive This was OK 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

  9. April (Aprilius Maximus) April (Aprilius Maximus) says:

    Beautiful Informative PowerfulAround the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes 34 A book about mental illness

  10. Hattie Grünewald Hattie Grünewald says:

    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 placeLet 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 to give it to people who are close to people with depression and anxiety but don't really understand it 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 people could understand how depression and anxiety felt then maybe the world would be betterAnd then I think it became a book for me Because if you've ever felt otherwise it's always good to collect 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 Reuired reading

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Reasons To Stay Alive❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Reasons To Stay Alive Author Matt Haig – Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35 Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth 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 he found himself staring at a cliff edge about to jump off This is the story of why he didn't how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression It's also an upbeat joyous and very funny exploration of how live better love better read better and feel.

About the Author: Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield England in He writes books for both adults and children often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy with a uirky twist His bestselling novels are translated into languages The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny rive.