WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

The Nagoski sisters wrote this book for any woman who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything she had to do, and yet still worried she was not doing “enough”. Sound familiar? With backgrounds as a sex educator and a choral conductor, they might seem unlikely experts on stress. However, what they bring to the topic is a delightfully diverse and practical approach to managing overwhelm. Their description in the first chapter about how our stress response works is easy to understand and entertaining. My favourite quote from the chapter is “in most situations in the modern, post-industrial West, the stress itself will kill you faster than the stressor will”. And the ultimate moral of the story: “Wellness is not a state of being, but a state of action.”

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