Sexist expectations trap women in an unending cycle of stress--here's how to break free. The bestselling author of Come as You Are and her twin sister provide a simple scientifically-based, female-focused plan to avoid burnout, and affect positive change.
What's expected of women and what it's like to be a woman today are very different things--and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between the two. How can you "love your body" when everything around you tells you you're inadequate? How do you "lean in" at work when you're already at 110% and aren't recognized for it? This paradox isn't going away any time soon, so let's stop ignoring it and change our relationship to it. Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of overwhelm and exhaustion, going beyond platitudes ("Practice self-care!" "Set boundaries!") to confront obstacles that stand between women and well-being. You'll learn: * that stress is a biological cycle that has to be completed before your body can return to a state of relaxation * to control 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 fight back * why rest, human connection, and reducing self-criticism are key to recovering from and preventing burnout
Between science-based evidence, prescriptive advice told with humor, and helpful worksheets and exercises, all women will find something transformative in these pages--and will be empowered to create positive change.