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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,895 ratings  ·  372 reviews
Audiobook, Unabridged, 8 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published March 12th 2019)
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Kitty Jay Yes. Full disclosure: I haven't finished it yet. But this book is laid out in a more general way, so it can be used by anyone for whatever stressor…moreYes. Full disclosure: I haven't finished it yet. But this book is laid out in a more general way, so it can be used by anyone for whatever stressor they're facing, be that job stress, trauma, kids, relationships, whatever. So far, the advice is useful for any woman, not just those in a relationship/with a job/with kids/without kids, etc.(less)
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Elyse Walters
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook... read by the author.

When I first saw this perky pink- book - with the title
“Burnout”.... I was kidding - but not completely when I said... “Paul, I have a book for you”.
Paul looked at the title and said.... “stresses me out just looking at that book”.

I thought I would be nice and download it and see if I had any words of wisdom to pass on to my husband who is experiencing different degrees of burnout associated with his tired aching body, paperwork, and the state of our country.
This is a really well-intentioned book, and I think/hope it will be helpful to a lot of people. I think the authors' advice is generally very good. However, nothing in here was particularly new to me, nor presented in a way that especially resonated. In fact, I found the sort of Tumblr-y, fandom-lite writing style--"feels"! "tl;dr"! quoting Cassandra Clare, good god--to be a little too cutesy. Like, it was just a half-beat off rhythm from the kind of humor and #relatablecontent that does resonat ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with so much information, and I’ve been obsessively recommending it and quoting it to just about every woman I know. It’s got so much good and general information about the stress cycle, and how to deal with it. (And anxiety, and burnout, and loneliness, and and and.) A lot of the information applies to all humans, but this book addresses the unique stress related to being a female-type person. None of that stress will be surprising to women, but this is the first time I can ...more
Emily and Amelia Nagoski are talented enough in their chosen fields but they missed their calling as professional audiobook narrators. They pack a lot of info and wisdom into their "Burnout" book but, very importantly, they are *really* fun to listen to.

This book is basically for any and every woman making their way through life and shoveling the shit that comes with it. I wouldn't say I'm burnt out but stressed? Hell, yes. This, along with Emily Nagoski's "Come As You Are" should be required re
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As the authors would say, “ugh.”

No really, I counted about five “ughs” in the initial skim through of the book.

This felt not only whiny and unprofessional, but also as if they were setting me up not to take it seriously. Beyond that, it was hard to.

Everyone is talking about this, so while I don’t particularly relish giving something a poor review, I just don’t want you to rush out and buy it like I did without knowing what you’re getting into.

Firstly, the research presented throughout was... thi
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, wellness, food-health
The only reason I picked up this book is because I went to the bookstore to pick up a different book by the same author called Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life (a truly outstanding, mind-blowing exploration of female sexuality and the female orgasm. #yesplease). While I was there, though, I saw that Emily Nagoski (and her twin sister, Amelia) just released a new book called Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Whaaaat?! A book on how to ...more
Molly Ferguson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aspirational
This is the feminist book on stress I never knew I needed! I would never have picked up this book if I were judging its cover, first for the "breast cancer ribbon pink" of the cover and then for the title. I blame the publishers rather than the authors for this, though, because once inside the book is searingly feminist and offers excellent examples and tips for how to "complete the stress cycle" so that you live to smash the patriarchy another day. I don't think of myself as someone who is "bur ...more
Leigh Kramer
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
Someday I will look back on this time in my life and point to this book as when it all changed. Yes. It’s that good. I'm a huge fan of Emily Nagoski's Come As You Are. In it, she briefly explored unlocking the stress cycle and it gave me so much to think about. A whole book co-written with her sister dedicated to the topic? Music to my ears and boy, did it deliver.

The introduction and first chapter blew my mind, right from the get-go and it only got better from there. There are so many takeaways
Anna J. Shelby ☕
This book is such a disappointment. Buckets of crazy feminist bs in it. This sucks as a help book.

It started out pretty good but turned into an annoying tirade about patriarchy and an obesity glorifying mantra.

I was stressed out just reading it. The messages are a copy&paste from girls magazines: find joy, not happinness, connection and passion are key, etc. etc. The villain is the patriarchy only, and being overweight is awesome, because we are all such special snowflakes. I hear you, dear
Taryn Pierson
I’m skeptical when it comes to self help books, but after hearing the Nagoski sisters on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books and being totally charmed by them, I knew I wanted to hear more of their ideas. The title to me is a little limited for what the book actually is: an exploration of not just burnout but the stress that causes it, with a specific focus on how stress affects women and what we can do to release some of the pressure. Some chapters will resonate more or less with different readers, but ...more
*** 3.5 rounded up to 4 Stars ***

Let me start by saying I am not a fan of self help books that feel like cheerleaders. I don't want to be cheered on in life. So then why did I request this book? I requested this because this is NOT that kind of self help book. Burnout is something we all fear and unfortunately happens to all of us. These ladies did their homework regarding the scientific evidence behind burnout and how to prevent it, which I was extremely interested in. There's some graphs and e
Megan Mills
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All women should read this book.
Katherine Pershey
I'm not burned out, nor have I been at that point in any time since leaving libraries, but this is a damn good book, whether or not you experience burnout. There's no groundbreaking knowledge conveyed here -- we all know exercise is good for us and so is rest -- but the context the Nagoskis offer, as well as their research, offers up the why behind it. Exercise completes the stress cycle. Resting allows our brains to do a ton of work. I was kind of blown away by the fact we're to rest 40% of our ...more
Kaytee Cobb
I need a copy of this book. Need.
Shannon A
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone is burned out these days. Most of us (especially women) are brought up believing that you must be pretty, happy, calm, and generous at all times: Failure is not an option.
This book blows the doors off all that, by uncovering the true elements of and causes of burnout (with help from Star Trek!) and gives the tools and techniques needed to combat burnout.
This book is the much needed and urgent answer to a desperate call from all of us.

This is the book we have all been waiting for. Ama
It isn't every day that I say that a book has truly changed my life but this one did. This is a book that every woman should read. EVERY WOMAN. I found it to be revolutionary ... it explained so much to me about why I was feeling the way that I was feeling. And, even better, it gave me information about how to deal with it. I only wish I'd had this book when I was in my 20s & providing counseling to domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors every day and slowly burning out. I sometimes wo ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Unfortunately this was a case of reading a book at the wrong time. I’m in the midst of a season of deep burnout. I’m in the midst of being three months unemployed. In my case, reading about the patriarchy and body image issues left me well... burned out. I do think a lot of people will resonate with this book. It is perfect timing for those feeling compassion fatigue. And it has some wonderful and deep thou
Lisa Butterworth
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-books
Much better than the average self-help book. It has all the usual good advice bits, and a few that were even new to me, specific advice for finishing the stress cycle, getting lots of rest, what self-care really looks like. I loved the "human giving" vs. "human being" discussion. The place where this book really stood out for me though, was is the acknowledgement of systemic inequality, so many self-help books want to sell the idea that you can fix all the problems in your life, and that makes m ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was left feeling a bit confused after finishing this book. The title implies the book is about burn-out and how to solve your stress etc, but in reality the book was only about burnout and how to actaully handle stress for 10%, while the other 90% was filled with feministic chatter about how the patriarchy has caused your burnout or stress if you are a female-identifying person.

In my opinion there is absolutely nothing wrong with books about feminism, the patriarchy and how they may or may not
4 stars overall/for other readers, but 3 stars for me personally. The Nagoski sisters set out to make a "feminist self-help book" and they deliver on their promise. This book is pretty evidence-based, but as someone who keeps up with psychology findings, none of their points were really news to me (though I imagine they will be to people who mostly read "traditional" self-help books). I had one "aha!" moment in the first chapter, and the rest of it was solid but not earth-shattering. The easy-to ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, informative and relatable, even fun despite the oft-depressing topics, like the "Bikini Industrial Complex" and the "Giver Syndrome", sisters (twins, actually) Emily and Amelia Nagoski collaborated on a book SO of the times it was almost too good, too real. Though it is really focused on issues women face and how we can cope with burnout in our professional and personal lives by doing things like not dissing other women based on appearance, it’s also embracing everyone's hotness, as i ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I eagerly bought this book the day it came out. I was surprised to find that this highly anticipated book on burn-out had turned into a hard feminist critique of society. I'm not much of a feminist scholar, but this critique made a lot of sense and will be influencing my future reading picks). The concept of Human caregiver syndrome especially is eye-opening.

The problem with most burn-out books is that it's easy and insightful to diagnose this day and age's malfunctions with much flourish and vi
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crucial reading for overwhelmed, under-resourced women who want to be healthy and joyful people, despite the barrage of negative voices in mainstream culture.
This book was received as an ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was looking forward to reading this book due to the abundant amount of requests we get for books that help the mind and reduce stress. Dr. Emilt Nagoski constructed the book in an easy layout for the reader to follow and has shared some interesting techniques that I know will help some people. The book was very i
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's fine...I only cried five million tears reading this because it knew me so well. Full of nerd references which made these points hit home REALLY FRICKIN HARD.
Rhoda Baxter
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about this book on the Smart Bitches podcast and thought it sounded interesting, so when I saw it on Netgalley, I requested it immediately. I burned out last year and ended up leaving my job. Anything that would help with my recovery would be most welcome.
This book made sense. A lot of the stuff you get told to do to protect your mental health - meditate, take 'me time', colour in etc - and that sometimes it can feel like yet another thing you have to do. The advice in this book fe
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always struggled with pretty much everything the authors describe: toxic perfectionism, a lack of self-compassion, body image issues, all that mess. While many concepts in this book weren’t new, there were a few ideas that lit a fire under me and made me see things in a different way, particularly their concept of Human Giver Syndrome. A lot of self help books for women are either still steeped in patriarchal concepts (or don’t acknowledge more global issues) or basically tell you to medi ...more
Brandon Cole
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely essential reading. This is a beautiful book about the unique stress people (especially women) experience after centuries of patriarchy and capitalism and also about how to not let it ruin you. The stressors examined and the science behind their effects are real and the remedies are compassionately appropriate. Some ideas may feel intuitive or all too familiar to women; I found it extremely informative and healing. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn a pretty solid blueprint for a ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Described as a feminist guide to women's survival, Burnout breaks down how to deal with stress, smash the patriarchy and be compassionate to yourself. I want to recommend this to several people in my life - but most of all, I want to do the work this book outlines. To help make the world kinder, by being kinder to myself and others, as Emily and Amelia Nagoski write.
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The official bio is:
"Emily Nagoski has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex ed
“Most of us have spent our whole lives being taught to believe everyone else's opinions about our bodies, rather than to believe what our own bodies are trying to tell us. For some of us, it's been so long since we listened to our bodies, we hardly know how to start understanding what they're trying to tell us, much less how to trust and believe what they're saying. To make matters worse, the more exhausted we are, the noisier the signal is, and the harder it is to hear the message.” 4 likes
“....there was always a way to get through a difficulty. If you just keep swimming, you’ll find your way. And when your brain wants to give up because there’s no land in sight, you keep swimming, not because you’re certain swimming will take you where you want to go, but to prove to yourself that you can still swim.” 3 likes
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