How to break free from the stress cycle
In Burnout we will look at the problem of exhaustion and why it has a different effect on women. In today’s world, being a woman and satisfying the expectations of society are two different things, and it's the attempt to bridge this gap that drains and exhausts most women. The two authors of this book offer a guide, based on scientific research, to learn to put an end to the stress cycle and they bluntly present the patriarchal society that all women are born into, offering strategies to fight it and to learn how to better manage emotions to live a more balanced life.
Many useful tips to:
- Support every woman who feels exhausted and overwhelmed by all the tasks on her plate and is still worried that she is not doing enough.
- Learn to treat ourselves with more compassion and to interpret the signals that our body sends us to minimise stress.
- Become aware of how the patriarchal society in which we live unconsciously affects us from an early age.
What is burnout and the Human Giver Syndrome?
The technical term “burnout” was first used in 1975 by Herbert Freudenberger, who defined it using three characteristics:
- Emotional exhaustion – the fatigue that comes from caring too much, for too long.
- Depersonalisation – the depletion of empathy.
- Decreased sense of accomplishment – when it feels like nothing we do seems to make any difference.
All too often burnout coincides with what the philosopher Kate Manne defined as “The Human Giver Syndrome”. Society is divided into human beings and caregivers (very often women) and the latter are often expected to voluntarily give their time, affection, attention and their body to the former without needing anything or bothering anyone with their emotions. Caregivers cannot move through the “emotional tunnel”, meaning they are unable to process an emotion to its end and so they remain stuck in the same emotion for long periods until they reach exhaustion.
The key ideas of "Burnout"
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