Reasons to Stay Alive is a short and easy read, part memoir and part self-help book. Matt Haig vividly describes his sudden spiral into depression whilst living in Ibiza in his twenties, his journey through the bad times, and how he made it out the other end.
There is a lot to be taken away from this book, whether you have suffered with depression and anxiety or not. I believe most people will be able to relate to at least parts of Haig’s experiences, and his book can make you feel less alone with your worries.
Reasons to Stay Alive is an excellent place to start if you would like to have a better understanding of depression or anxiety. With Haig’s clear writing style and a balance between his own opinion and fact, this book is easily accessible to everyone.
Matt Haig likes writing lists, so taking a leaf out of his book, here’s a list of the things I enjoyed from Reasons to Stay Alive:
– Haig clearly loves literature and references a lot of authors and their work (adding more to my wish list!)
– I can relate to a lot of the worries Haig writes about and he explains them in such a way that I feel less worried about worrying about those worries. (Try saying that quickly 10 times in a row!)
– This memoir didn’t feel at all self indulgent. The experiences mentioned are personal but have been put together with the aim of helping others, as well as Haig’s own recovery.
– There are lots of useful tips for people who want to be there for a loved one who suffers with depression or anxiety.
*** Only a quick post today as I am still travelling. ***