31 People Share Their Best Sleep Tips

CAN’T GET NO SLEEP Do you have trouble sleeping? I have been having sleep problems on and off for a few years now. Last year on the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, I interviewed The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus about optimizing your schedule according to your chronotype, or your genetically coded preference for sleep and wake. Aside from knowing what my needs are based on my chronotype (I am a bear with lion Read more…

How to Truly Maximize Your Paid Time Off (PTO) as a Healthcare Professional

This post is sponsored by CheapCaribbean.com and their program ER&R Club, where nurses can sign up to receive special packages, all-inclusive deals, and upgrades straight to their inbox. So, you’ve got some Paid Time Off (PTO) and you want to make the most out of it instead of waste it? The answer should be 100% yes- of course you do! Why wouldn’t you? Life happens. You may have unused PTO at the end of the Read more…

Three Overlooked Ways You Can Recharge Yourself

Life is stressful, especially life in healthcare. The high workload, high responsibilities, patient care, daily tasks and hassles- it all adds up and can take a high toll on us. When we are exposed to chronic work stressors over a long period of time, burnout can occur. There are many work factors that contribute to the development of burnout, and the problem is deeply rooted in the work environment. However, there are personal factors that Read more…

Burned Out and Unappreciated in Occupational Therapy

This podcast episode/blog post is centered around an email I received a while back about burnout in occupational therapy (OT).  I’ve gotten a few DMs about this too on Instagram from others, sharing that it’s draining to constantly be providing justification or an explanation for their role as an OT. As an OT, I feel like we are unseen and underrepresented across the whole healthcare picture. The good news though is that I have come Read more…

Holistic Healthcare Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to #StressTheFOut. Just kidding, but seriously. I absolutely love this time of year- it brings me so much joy and all the cozy feels. Yet, the holidays can be an increasingly stressful time. To take some of the stress out of your planning, we’ve put together a handy-dandy holistic healthcare holiday guide for of course, the healthcare professionals that you care about in your life. – Xo, Erika del Pozo MOT, OTR/L, Read more…

Episode 113: Break the Rules and Creating Your Own Path with Katie Duke ACNP-BC

In this episode, we discuss: – Katie’s story about when she was fired for “trying to do too much” and/or an “insensitive” social media post, how it affected her and fueled her to expose a punitive culture for nurses, and to help others in similar situations – Katie’s entrepreneurial journey with her online brand and message for those that don’t have it all together (because no one really does) – Her advice for HCPs who Read more…

Ep 110: International Volunteerism as a Healthcare Professional with Sarah Putt MA, OTR/L

Sarah Putt is an occupational therapist in California. She currently practices in Early Intervention, working with young children and their families within their home environment. Her passions within the field of occupational therapy include: being a fieldwork educator, pediatrics, hippotherapy, leadership, advocacy, private practice, and learning & promoting the profession across the globe. She is the founder and clinical director of her own private practice, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University Read more…

Ep 108: Moving Forward After Rejection and Resisting Self Sabotage with Stephanie Essenfeld MFT [Interview]

Stephanie Essenfeld has been dedicated to the study and practice of family psychology and therapy for the past eight years. She loves working in collaboration with her clients and helps them take advantage of their strengths to solve their problems. She focuses in effective communication, empathy, rebuilding self-esteem, boundaries, decision making, overcoming traumas, and mindfulness, in order to be able to form and maintain healthy relationships with others and most importantly, with themselves. She uses Read more…

Episode 107: Burnout Basics Part 1: High Workload and Low Autonomy

This is Part one of a multi-part series exploring some of the root causes of burnout in healthcare professionals. As an occupational therapist, I have experienced burnout early on as a New Grad. This experience was a roller coaster to say the least. I felt like despite the good and bad days at work, I was walking on eggshells hoping something bad wasn’t going to happen. I felt beyond exhausted (physically and emotionally), I was Read more…