Marissa McKool: Overcoming Burnout — Reigniting Passion and Productivity | Work in Progress #49

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Marissa McKool, who is a former public health leader turned Burnout Coach

Burnout in the workplace is increasingly common, affecting many professionals across various industries. However, there are effective strategies to combat burnout and reignite your passion and productivity at work.

Meet Marissa McKool, MPH. 

Marissa McKool, MPH, is a former public health leader who has become a Burnout Coach for women in public health. She helps public health professionals reduce stress, gain more time, and create a fulfilling career without burning out. She is also the host of the Redefining Rest Podcast.

About the episode

Burnout is often characterized by exhaustion, lack of motivation, and feelings of ineffectiveness. It’s not just about being tired; it’s about being mentally, emotionally, and physically drained due to prolonged stress or dissatisfaction at work.  If left unchecked, it can lead to decreased job satisfaction, increased absenteeism, and even physical health issues. 

Recognizing the signs of burnout is the first step toward addressing it. Understand what aspects of your job are leading to burnout. Is it the workload, lack of resources, or the work environment? Identifying the root causes is crucial for finding the right solutions.

According to Marissa, self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Engage in activities that help you relax and recharge, such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones. Establishing a routine that includes regular breaks and adequate sleep is also crucial.

Marissa also shared the importance of setting clear boundaries. Learn to say no and set limits on your work hours. Disconnecting from work after hours and during weekends can significantly reduce stress levels. Instead, engage in activities that replenish your energy and bring you joy after work hours.

Shift your focus from the things out of your control to the actions you can take to improve your situation. Don’t hesitate to seek help from colleagues, mentors, or professionals. Talking about your experiences can provide relief and offer new perspectives on burnout.

Sometimes, burnout can signal that it’s time to reassess your career path. Reflect on what truly matters to you and consider making adjustments or changes to align your work with your passions and values. Focusing on the aspects of your job that you appreciate can help shift your mindset from negativity to positivity, reducing feelings of burnout.

Identify what initially attracted you to your career and find ways to reconnect with those aspects. It could involve taking on new projects, pursuing professional development opportunities, or seeking new challenges that align with your interests.

Effective time management strategies can help you handle your workload more efficiently, leaving more time for rest and activities you enjoy.

In conclusion

Overcoming burnout requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the underlying causes and promotes healthier work habits. Implementing these strategies can help you reignite your passion for work and enhance your productivity, leading to a more fulfilling and balanced professional life.

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