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Book Discussion - Burnout by Emily Nagoski PhD and Amelia Nagoski DMA

  • 27 Jun 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • AIA East Bay Offices

Come join AIA EB WiA  in our first joint event as we discuss Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagsoki. 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.

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A note from Sara Mae, hostess for this event: 

I discovered this book during the pandemic, it really changed the way I think about stress dramatically and I wanted to finally talk to other architects and creatives about it. 

This book was much more in line with my experience as an architect and a woman... I never really understood "reducing stress". I love stress! I love the thrill of a deadline and the battle with the design processes, but there's also obviously something bad about it. This book breaks it down in another way - as long as we complete the stress cycle, we have a huge capacity to deal with stressful situations, we just need ways to let our minds and bodies recover. And that there's a difference between stressors (that big terrible plan check comment) and stress (my feeling about that plan check comment). And that's just chapter one ... There's a lot of interesting ideas and research to talk about here that are relevant to the work we do and I look forward to discussing it with all who are interested. 

If you don't have time to read the book, you are still welcome to come to the book discussion. Here are some podcasts and you-tube videos that will give you an idea of what the book is about: 

Podcast (w/transcript): Brene Brown with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on Burnout and How to Complete the Stress Cycle - Unlocking Us Podcast  10.14.2020 

Video: Emily & Amelia Nagoski, Burnout - XOXO Festival (2019) - YouTube

Article: How to De-stress | You Must Complete the Stress Cycle - Womens Health Magazine 


When you register for the event I'll invite you a google doc with some summaries & you can contribute your thoughts there prior to the event if you feel a desire to do so. Also a sign-up sheet for the comfort food potluck. Whatever comfort food means for you!   

See you there! 

Sara Mae Parker 

About the Book

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?

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