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Burnout : the secret to unlocking the stress cycle
2019
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Summary
This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men--and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

"Essential reading."-- Bustle

Burnout. Many women in America have experienced it. What's expected of women and what it's really like to be a woman in today's world are two very different things--and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between them. How can you "love your body" when every magazine cover has ten diet tips for becoming "your best self"? How do you "lean in" at work when you're already operating at 110 percent and aren't recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a sexist world that is constantly telling you you're too fat, too needy, too noisy, and too selfish?

Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Instead of asking us to ignore the very real obstacles and societal pressures that stand between women and well-being, they explain with compassion and optimism what we're up against--and show us how to fight back. In these pages you'll learn

* what you can do to complete the biological stress cycle--and return your body to a state of relaxation
* how to manage the "monitor" in your brain that regulates the emotion of frustration
* how the Bikini Industrial Complex makes it difficult for women to love their bodies--and how to defend yourself against it
* why rest, human connection, and befriending your inner critic are keys to recovering and preventing burnout

With the help of eye-opening science, prescriptive advice, and helpful worksheets and exercises, all women will find something transformative in these pages--and will be empowered to create positive change. Emily and Amelia aren't here to preach the broad platitudes of expensive self-care or insist that we strive for the impossible goal of "having it all." Instead, they tell us that we are enough, just as we are--and that wellness, true wellness, is within our reach.

Praise for Burnout

" Burnout is the gold standard of self-help books, delivering cutting-edge science with energy, empathy, and wit. The authors know exactly what's going on inside your frazzled brain and body, and exactly what you can do to fix it. . . . Truly life-changing." --Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Calm the F*ck Down
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Booklist Review
The authors, twin sisters with backgrounds in health education and the arts, define burnout as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and decreased sense of accomplishment. They feel that women are destined for burnout because they're by nature victims of the Human Giver Syndrome, schooled to put others before themselves. Stress and stressors are two different things, according to the Nagoskis, and the secret to beating burnout is to first attack stress by completing the stress cycle before facing down the stressors. And finally, the authors suggest practical ways, including social connection, rest, and self-care, to increase wellness and lower stress. Each chapter concludes with a tl;dr (too long; didn't read) list that recaps important points. Some of the advice is self-help standard, but the Nagoskis do a good job offering ways to remind already overwhelmed readers that time can be found even in the busiest schedules to take care of the caregiver by rearranging schedules and accepting help. And in the end, giving to ourselves the compassion and gratitude we give to others will lighten our load.--Candace Smith Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
Part IWhat You Take With You
1Complete The Cyclep. 3
2#Persistp. 29
3Meaningp. 54
Part IIThe Real Enemy
4The Game Is Riggedp. 77
5The Bikini Industrial Complexp. 103
Part IIIWax On, Wax Off
6Connectp. 131
7What Makes You Strongerp. 154
8Grow Mightyp. 188
Conclusion: Joyfully Ever Afterp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 217
Notesp. 219
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 261
About The Authorsp. 275
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