Beating Burnout: Matt Bloom of Ritual On The 5 Things You Should Do If You Are Experiencing Work Burnout

An Interview With Jake Frankel


Relaxing, as the name implies, finding ways to release the physical tensions in your body. There are many relaxation techniques, and in fact, activities that help you detach can also help you relax.

Millions of Americans are returning back to work after being home during the pandemic. While this has been exciting for many, some are feeling burned out by their work. What do you do if you are feeling burned out by your work? How do you reverse it? How can you “get your mojo back”? What can employers do to help their staff reverse burnout?

In this interview series called “Beating Burnout: 5 Things You Should Do If You Are Experiencing Work Burnout,” we are talking to successful business leaders, HR leaders, and mental health leaders who can share insights from their experience about how we can “Beat Burnout.”.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Bloom.

Matt Bloom has been a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame for almost thirty years. His research was supported through the generosity of the Templeton Religion Trust. Matt is a co-founder of Ritual, a public benefit company that curates a mobile app offering a range of expert-led, science-based wellbeing practices including meditation, self-affirmation, gratitude and guided reflection.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?

I was very fortunate: I was raised by wonderful parents in a loving, safe and nurturing home. I grew up in Kansas with one sister and two brothers, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. We are still a very close family. I know now what a blessing it was to be surrounded by so much love, care and support. My parents instilled many good things in me, and a concern for social justice was one of the most important.