Tired as F*ck: Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture

Tired as F*ck: Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture

by Caroline Dooner
Tired as F*ck: Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture

Tired as F*ck: Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture

by Caroline Dooner


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Blending memoir and blistering social observations, the author of The F*ck It Diet looks back at her desperate attempts to heal her hunger, anxiety, and imperfections through extreme diets, culty self-help methods, and melodramatic bargains with the universe. 

Offering a frank and funny critique of the cultural forces that are driving us mad, Caroline Dooner examines how treating ourselves like never ending self-improvement projects is a recipe for burnout. We have become unknowingly complicit in perpetuating our own exhaustion because we are treating ourselves like machines. But even phones need to f*cking recharge.

Caroline takes a good hard look at the dark side of self-help, and explains how she eventually used a radical period of rest to push back against cultural expectations and reclaim some peace.

Tired As F*ck empowers us to say no to the things that exhaust us. It inspires us to carve out time to slow down, feel okay about doing less, and honor our humanity. 

This is not a self-help book, it’s a cautionary tale. It’s an honest look at the dogma of wellness and spiritual self-improvement culture and revels in the healing power of rest and letting shit go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063052970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 465,306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Caroline Dooner is a humorist and storyteller. She spent years as a performer and dieting like it was her job (because it kind of was). After healing her relationship to food, she's been sharing what she learned ever since. She lives with her anxious bernedoodle in Pennsylvania, and they’re just trying to live the simple life. She believes wholeheartedly in the healing powers of food and rest.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Be Filled with Dread xi

How to Not Be a Psychopath 1

How to Be Cult Susceptible 6

How to Secure a Miracle Tooth 11

How to Email God 16

How to Become Obsessed with Food 21

How to Start Panicking about Your Face 27

How to Focus on the Wrong Cure 31

How to Let Everyone Know You Suck 42

How to Try Every Diet 48

How to Be Extremely Dramatic 56

How to Pray for a New Face 61

How to Be Obsessed with Beauty 66

How to Have a Horrible Time in France 75

How to Lose Feeling in Half of Your Face 79

How to Be an Actual Cheese Grater in a Musical 85

How to Not Know You Have an Eating Disorder 90

How to Have No Blood 98

How to Cope When Your Parent Has Cancer 102

How to Join the Cult of Raw Veganism 108

How to Make a Vision Tin 117

How to Think Positive Thoughts, or Else 125

How to Lose Your Ego for a Month 133

How to Lose Your Voice 140

How to Have a Nervous Breakdown 146

How to Get Another New Face 156

How to Become a French Woman 164

How to Become Rich on the Internet 170

How to Eat Like a Cavewoman 176

How to Stop Dieting 181

How to Rule Out Every Miracle Cure 185

How to Heal Your Creative Soul 188

How to Be a Receptionist Who's Afraid of the Phone 198

How to Feel 206

How to Be Extreme about Everything 212

How to Figure Out What's Depleting You 216

How to Figure Out if You're ALLOWED to Be Tired 222

How to Reconcile the Privilege of Rest 233

How to Claim Rest 238

How to Be OK Dying Alone 245

How to Be Addicted to Busyness 252

How to Sort of Do a Bad Job at Resting 257

How to Take Things Off Your (Figurative) Plate 263

How to Have Boundaries 268

How to Heal Chronic Exhaustion 275

How to Live 282

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 287

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