• Tired as F*ck

  • Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture
  • By: Caroline Dooner
  • Narrated by: Caroline Dooner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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By: Caroline Dooner
Narrated by: Caroline Dooner
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Publisher's Summary

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, cult-y 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--king 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.

©2022 Caroline Dooner (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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A MUST read.

I am a 74 year old woman who has had more therapy and self-help work than might even be quantifiable. And yet I learned and benefited so very much from Caroline's book Tired As Fuck. Not only is her voice a perfect blend of humor and knowledge but her words pierce the soul with their truth. The mixture of memoir and searing cultural observations make the book even more impactful. It is an absorbing, positive and energetic treatise on a subject that is epidemic in our society. I read it in two days. Her journey, for someone, by my standards, so young, is inspiring and has changed my entire perspective about how I want to live, truly live, the rest of my life.

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its amazing at the end

for me personally it was too much filler in the beginning but I know that it helps build up to the lessons at the end

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  • 09-26-22

needs an editor

A Good narrator to her story, however she constantly repeated the story in too many chapters.

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A Must Read for Any One Tired As F*ck

From the first chapter, this book pulled me in deep. Much like with the Fuck It Diet, Caroline spoke in a way that hit home and had me taking an introspective look at myself and my life.

Not all concepts she covered are brand new (I've read about them in other books) but the honest and down to earth way she related them to her own experiences helped put it all in perspective.

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  • 08-14-22

This is my Life!

I gave myself a sabbatical from work to get into fitness but was still struggling to keep things together. I felt bad for giving myself time and space because I'm a single childless able bodied woman. But decades of hustling has broken me and I was just Tired as F*ck. Caroline is great reading her story (that paralleled mine so closely it was scary). I'm glad I'm not alone and there is some one who's willing to write about the disease that has no name. Definitely recommend for people who are feeling burnt out by a constant need to strive. I also recommend you do absolutely nothing.

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  • 08-07-22

This Book Made Me Tired as F*uck

A better title would of been B*tchy as F*ck. Wish I would have not purchased this. This is just a b*tchy memoir with no real answers that will leave you exhausted. If this is a self help book, help yourself and skip it.

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Not really about rest

This book was a story of the author's life and troubles. It discusses in some places why rest is good, but not much more. Might be especially relevant if someone is recovering from an eating disorder like she is.

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Not as advertised

I heard a podcast that featured the author & when she was promoting this book she made it sound like something it’s not. I was expecting more about burnout and how to deal with it, symptoms, etc…. But this was a memoir, and quite a whiny one at that. I got 1/3 through it and almost the entire thing was talking about eating disorders… not always in a helpful way. As someone with a history of eating disorders, I didn’t find it even remotely helpful to listen to chapter after chapter of this, diving back into a first person view of what happens psychologically during disordered eating. Additionally a LOT of information on dental issues, which I’ve also had….. but nothing helpful, not even in the way that you sometimes feel camaraderie when someone has gone through the same thing. This was just, honestly, whining. And it sounds like she’s had a tough life, but I didn’t buy the book to hear every detail of someone’s childhood psychological traumas. It was too much and not enough at the same time, I couldn’t get through it.

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More for young millennials without kids or new grads with few responsibilities

I appreciate the author sharing her journey and introducing some thought provoking points about the impossible standards we place on ourselves. I loved “The F*ck It Diet” and have incorporated concepts from both books into my self-care arsenal: allowing myself to relax, take up space in the world, work on parts of myself other than outward appearances. Our nonstop way of life does allow “hustle culture” companies to prey on our insecurities and make us slaves to the hamster wheel of self improvement and chasing success and beauty.

However…I think anyone that has parented young children through this pandemic; anyone who has weathered working from home with kids out of school, worked in healthcare during COVID, lost their jobs or livelihood as the result of lockdowns, had to play homeschool teacher while trying to make ends meet…might find her view of “tired” to be pretty tone-deaf.

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Not relatable at all

The experience shared here is more memoir than anything else. Hustle culture is real, but that connected to the stage is extreme and its own entity entirely. This would have been more relatable if stories from other types of hustle culture were woven through the narrative. Like, what does hustle culture feel like to people who would never dream of entering a career where discrimination based on looks are so explicit, where feelings of inadequacy aren’t so clearly connected to the career one chose to pursue. It would have been nice to hear stories that weren’t fueled by extreme anxiety and body dysmorphia, because for many who suffer at the hands of hustle culture, it’s way more covert and much more difficult to identify. Plastic surgery isn’t anywhere near the radar for many of us who are very much struggling.