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015: Pain Management 101

Whether you have chronic pain and/or you’re a healthcare professional that treats patients with chronic pain, this episode is for YOU. I go over some neuroscience (basic, I promise) and talk about the relationship between pain and the body when it comes to pain. I go over some evidence-based practices to manage pain that may or may not have heard of before. Check out the show notes for more resources on pain management along with an informative and quick video that explains one of the...


014: Nutritionist Knowledge Drop! Caffeine, Food, Sleep, Stress, and Hormones [Interview]

Great interview with nutritionist Alexa Schirm, founder of Simple Roots Wellness! We cover loads of topics including caffeine, circadian rhythm, stress and food, intermittent fasting, cortisol, supplementation, sugar, and hormones. Check out Alexa on Instagra @alexaschirm or at simplerootswellness.com


013: Laughs and Advice on Getting Through Grad School Together and More [Interview]

Today I brought on my husband Dr. Michael Frasso, PT, DPT for a silly yet informative conversation about getting into grad school, questions about OT/PT careers, maintaining our relationship through grad school, and more. Mike shares some of his words of wisdom as we give advice to new physical or occupational therapist, or someone in grad school in a relationship. This one is SO juicy and full of stories and advice based of our experiences. Show Notes link: https://joyenergytime.com/podcast/


012: Phases of Burnout + 3 Proactive Ideas to Stop It

Healthcare professionals- we are ALL susceptible to burnout. It’s just the nature of our work environment. Although not written in stone, there are several phases that explain the journey of burnout. Especially if you are newer to the field, listen up. Burnout can occur without you knowing it (like it did for me) so I want to be sure you can identify these phases to create awareness. If work with someone that is going through these phases, be sure to share this episode with them! Go to the...


011: Self Management vs Time Management

Ah, the myth of “time management.” Today I will be talking about how to manage yourself and what that actually means! We’re going to go into important things that will change your perspective on managing your behaviors and how that relates to accomplishing your goals. If you’re interested in maximizing your self or your time better and breaking down some simple ways to build a schedule that works, this episode is for you! So although I forgot to mention it in this episode, remember you can...


010: Eleven Ways To Stay Energized At Work

Are you falling asleep at work? Do you need a nap when you wake up? We seem to understand that physical energy is limited but underrate how mental energy is limited too. In this episode, I share 11 best ways to find that clarity and mental energy at work- and even some things you can do outside of work. I end the episode with some exciting news- you can win a FREE juicy part (not the introduction or outline) of my happiness mini-course for free! All you have to do is leave a review for...


009: OFF THE HANDLE - My Intentions For The Year

Welcome to an Off the Handle episode! This is where I share my thoughts, opinions, and experiences about certain topics I find relevant and important in our society to discuss. In this episode I talk about my intentions for the year, including this year’s ‘theme’ and my two governing mantras that speak to my transitions this year in life. I talk about this being my first time I set intentions for the year, what they are, and why I chose them. I talk about how the last 29 years of my life...


003: Stress and Weight Gain

Is there a correlation between stress and weight gain? You bet there is. Whether it’s the prolonged effects that stress has on your body or your behaviors (or both) that cause you to gain unwanted weight, this episode is for you. Let’s face it- no one wants to suffer from the chronic effects of stress, but it happens. Being stressed may lead us to make poor food choices and lead us down a road of reinforcing behaviors around the “addiction” of eating to relieve our stress. No bueno mis...


004: OFF THE HANDLE - Self Love

Welcome to your first Off the Handle episode! This is where I share my thoughts, opinions, and experiences about certain topics I find relevant and important in our society to discuss. Self love and positive body image is making its way to an all-time high. How you look is the least important thing about you. Who you are as a person, your health, and ultimately your love for yourself are going to pave the path for a successful and beautiful life! I share my experience at a recently...


005: Exercise as a Remedy for Anxiety

Raise your hand if you have anxiety. Now raise your hand if you exercise and you find it helps you deal with your anxiety. YES! And if your hand isn’t up on that second statement (if you don’t exercise), then you definitely should be. Learn about just how significant the impact of anxiety can be across all areas of your life as well as my personal experiences with anxiety. Learn how and what types of exercise are beneficial in relieving your anxiety symptoms- all backed up by current...


007: The News, Media, and Stress

Stress 24/7 induced by the news. What exactly is going on? Why are we more stressed out today than 150 years ago? How can our brains rewire around stress? I talk about the difference between fear and anxiety, what is going on in our brains and bodies when we watch the news, what we are experiencing as a whole with the confirmation bias, and the negativity cycle perpetuated by being constantly plugged in. Also learn the key to living a sane life in this day in age (and it doesn’t involve...


008: Rewards in the Workplace and Burnout

Burnout- the last thing we want, but occurs all too often. Examining how the multiple dimensions of burnout consist of varying personal and context factors along with a combination of the two, I break down one of the biggest components that contributes to burnout in the workplace and why. Learn about the “love languages” of employees and how to foster a happy space according to individual needs and a TON of ideas. This episode is perfect for employees and employers alike! I share how these...


001: From Burnt Out to Lit Up

Join your host Erika del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L as she introduces herself, her vision, and the reason for the birth of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast! Erika shares her own personal experiences with stress, anxiety, burnout starting with her pursue to become a professional dancer and then as she underwent graduate school, internships, and the ‘real world’ as an occupational therapist. You will learn who this podcast is for and how it can serve you. You will also learn Erika’s take on the burnout...


002: The Difference Between Stress and Burnout

It’s easy to mix up and use interchangeably the beloved terms stress and burnout. But they’re different. Learn what constitutes as stress and burnout, how one can lead to another, how to know if you’re experiencing either, and the physiology of stress and the surprising effects on your brain and body. I share one of my first burnout experiences and how I arrived to that point. I end the episode with some exciting news- Revamp Your Joy! A mini yet jam-packed resource with customizable tools...


006: What You Need to Know About Sensory Modulation

What You Need to Know About Sensory Modulation Episode Notes: We are all sensory beings. Understanding our sensory needs can be the KEY in understanding ourselves better. One of the essential elements of self-organization includes the way in which we modulate sensory and motor information. Sensory modulation is part of being a human and is an ongoing process that we often pay little attention to. Now imagine if your system is not able to modulate properly. This could mean you are...


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