Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She's also an author, speaker, and expert on the importance of “sacred rest.”
After experience debilitating and terrifying, personal, burnout, Sandra now knows that self-care are vitally important to living a healthy life.
Now, she focuses on teaching the next generation of doctors the importance of treating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, her work is centered around the necessity of various types of rest, and it’s changing the way the medical world looks at healing.
Have you ever felt so exhausted that no amount of sleep would make a difference? That’s when you know something bigger is at play. It’s not simply about getting enough sleep. In truth, this is exactly what Saundra experienced.
After facing severe exhaustion and burnout in her own life, Saundra made the decision to focus on finding harmony between the professional and personal aspects of her life. As a physician, she was accustomed to treating the body. It wasn’t until she began treating the mental, emotional, and spiritual sides of herself that she discovered the importance of rest.
Rest is about more than sleep.
Overall, rest is all about intention. It’s giving a truthful no instead of a reluctant yes. It's taking a break during your workday and enjoying the world around you. And, it's so much more than getting a good night’s sleep.
Saundra teaches the seven types of rest as follows:
There's no doubt we could all use more rest … but not just any rest, sacred rest!
Resources Mentioned in Saundra’s Interview:
Saundra’s first book, Set Free To Live Free: Breaking Through The Seven Lies Women Tell Themselves, dives into things like comparisons, image, mind limitations, and living transparently.
Her most recent book, Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, dives into the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase overall happiness, and live the best life possible.
Take Saundra's Rest Quiz to find of which type of rest you need to live your best life.