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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Emily Nagoski Author and Amelia Nagoski Author

Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and emotionally exhausted? Like, all the time? And so you find yourself longing to stay in bed instead of pursuing your goals, losing your cool at inappropriate times, experiencing weird health problems, doing addictive behaviors, or just clicking back and forth between windows on your screen all day long? Are you losing touch with your ability to care? That's burnout, and it can literally make you sick. Twin sisters and stress experts Emily and Amelia Nagoski are here to help. The first chapter of this book is all about "completing the stress cycle" aka regularly making sure your body knows it's safe and can stop freaking out. Then they move on to strategies for dealing with the stressors themselves, both the ones within and outside your control.

The best thing about this book is that it is immediately functional. The second is that it's funny. And the third is that it delivers a big dose of science in a way that is easy to understand. This book could change the world, and it can definitely change your life for the better.

It's written specifically for women (as the authors say, it's written for all women, but unfortunately the science tends to only be about cis women), since the patriarchy has especially crawled inside our brains and planted the conditions for burnout, but it'll be useful for anyone with that special kind of exhaustion that comes from feeling obligated to constantly be doing stuff and at the same time like you can never do enough.

(This book may contain a sharpie mark on the top or bottom edge and may show mild signs of shelfwear.)

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