#202: How a Lack of Rest Leads to Energy Burnout and Decreased Productivity with Saundra Dalton-Smith

In This Episode: Beating Burnout

  • Discover the seven different types of rest, what drains them and what fills them
  • The long term effects of exhaustion and how to recognize the warning signs
  • How to know which of the seven areas of rest you need the most help with
  • Recommendations to help you get rest in the area you are most deficient in
  • Why rest does not always mean sleep and why it is not always a luxury

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Episode Summary

Traditional medicine tells us that if you are tired, you need more sleep. But have you ever considered the different types of rest and what your body needs to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, and live your best life? Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician with over twenty years of experience, who found herself being exhausted despite getting 8-9 hours of sleep per night.

Through her health journey, Dr. Saundra discovered that there are actually seven different kinds of rest, all of which impact your ability to gain energy and stop feeling so burnt out. In her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, Dr. Saundra works to help you understand your personal rest deficiencies, and is here today to share this knowledge with you. 

Instead of going about your day exhausted, Dr. Saundra wants to help you get back on track, fill up your buckets, and start operating from a place of fulfillment. You don’t need to live your life constantly tired. By utilizing the tools that Dr. Saundra lays out today, you can start to find rest in all seven areas so that you can keep being you while honoring how you show up in the world. 

You don’t need to quit your job or go on a vacation to feel rested. You have the power to heal your rest deficiencies and start living a rested lifestyle regardless of the stresses you are going through. Dr. Saundra has laid the groundwork for you to start living a life that reflects what you truly want, and it all starts here.

Are you ready to stop feeling burnt out and start intentionally restoring your life? Share what you do to feel rested with us in the comments below!


“I knew it was just my lifestyle, that I needed to take a hard look at ‘how do I continue to be who I am, I am a high achieving, workaholic, type A, goal setting person. And I am not going to change who I am, I am who I am.’ So how can I be who I am and still feel good, and still have energy and still have happiness and still be productive and still enjoy the world? That became the challenge.” (6:26)

“I think that its important to realize that having someone negatively pull on your social energy does not make them a negative person. But you need to be mindful of how they are using your energy so that you don’t neglect things.” (14:55)

“Don’t put any demands on yourself, you are just seeing what speaks to you, what makes you feel alive and inspires you at this moment.” (19:39)

“We have a lot of people who are doing good work with what little they have left of themselves, who could be doing exceptional work when they just take the time to really understand how to rest well.” (24:09)

“You don’t need to focus on all seven. I need you to focus on the one, maybe two at the most, that you are actually having a depletion. Because once those areas start getting filled back up and you start feeling better, then the rest of them start falling into place a lot quicker.” (27:48)

Resources Mentioned

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Take the Free Rest Quiz Here

Join the 30 Day Sacred Rest Challenge

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith Website

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