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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead

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.

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.


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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“I heard about this book on a podcast. It was described as a scientific look of stress. It was absolutely wonderful. I loved the research and data support included, mixed well with anecdotes. It explained and put into words things that I have felt. The book is directed towards women, and the introduction is very specific to the target audience for this book. It's not a man-bashing book at all, but it helps put systems and history into perspective, and how we perpetuate those systems. The Human Giver Syndrome is on point. I have and will recommend this to any woman who is feeling stressed out and needs either direction or validation. This is an awesome resource to have.”
“i’m sad, i was so excited for this book but it let me down. this book is not about burnout or stress, it’s feminism, which i’m fine with but it would of been nice to know before buying it.”
“4.5 rounded up. This serves as a great piece of validation and a reminder to women that rest is not a betrayal. While not all topics in this book were new to me, or not all of them served me, I hope to use it as reinforcement for several parts of my life. The largest and most important thing I got out of this book was the term Human Giver Syndrome, which is the deep need to give of yourself until your well is past dry and everyone around you has benefitted from your suffering. I've been guilty of this all my life, perhaps worse than many of the women around me, because I saw selfishness all around me in my youth. As an adult I can see so many of those "selfish" simple acts as a loyalty to self, and it's past time that I develop a few of my own "selfish" habits. Aside from this introspection, I found the information about completing the stress cycle to be helpful, and hopefully one I can put into use in the future. If you're looking for something to explain why you're a woman who's so fucking tired all the time, this is the book for you.”
“This is a pretty decent self help book with some pretty good insights and pieces of advice. I got a lot of good quotes out of this book and things that I can work on in my everyday life. At the same time, it didn’t blow my mind in any of the advice it gave. I liked this book and I’m glad I read it.”

About Emily Nagoski, PhD

Emily Nagoski is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life. She has a MS in counseling and a PhD in health behavior, both from Indiana University.

Amelia Nagoski holds a conductor with a DMA in conducting from the University of Connecticut. An assistant professor and coordinator of music at Western New England University, she regularly presents educational sessions discussing the application of communications science and psychological research for audiences of other professional musicians, including “Beyond Burnout Prevention: Embodied Wellness for Conductors.”

Amelia Nagoski, DMA

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