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…

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…

Episode 106: Expanding Energy Levels and Negotiating Salary Mindset with Brandy Marba [Interview]

In this episode of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, Brandy talks about seven energy levels that have a core thought, feeling and emotion that goes with it. These energy levels impact how we show up at work, in our personal lives, in our relationships- everywhere. THE SEVEN ENERGY LEVELS The first energy level is victimhood, which is something we can feel where we’re at the mercy of a situation- for example, when you Read more…

How to Work Through Trauma with Alyssa Mancao, LCSW

In this Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast interview, I chat with Alyssa Mancao, LCSW all about trauma.  Trauma is anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope. Big T’s are the wars, violence, the things you see on TV. The Little T’s are things that can happen everyday- i.e. the shame you get when your teacher gives you an odd look when you ask a question. We’ve all experienced trauma to some degree- whether or Read more…

The Deep-Rooted Causes of Burnout with Dr. Robert Pearl MD [interview]

We know that burnout is a deeply-rooted problem within our healthcare system. Yet, the term ‘burnout’ has received some backlash from different healthcare professionals online. Burnout has been a well-defined construct for over 30 years- it consists of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased self-efficacy. What has happened is that the term ‘burnout’ has been frequently misused to deflect the causes and responsibility of burnout from the organization/system to the individual. Burnout is a byproduct of Read more…

Ep 103: How to Fail Forward, Fail Fast, and Fail Often

What would you do if you knew you were going to fail? Did you just do a double-take? Because the typical question is “What would you do if you knew you knew you couldn’t fail?” This is a tough question to answer because we don’t want to fail. We are taught that failure is bad. If you fail, you’re a loser. When we experience failure, it hurts. At one point or another in our lives Read more…