SACRED REST! Author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, focuses on healing the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - through the art of rest. The Brave Files.

The Gifts of Rest

With Featured Guest

Saundra Dalton-Smith


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SACRED REST! Author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, focuses on healing the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - through the art of rest. The Brave Files.

The Gifts of Rest

With Featured Guest

Saundra Dalton-Smith


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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Ultimately, rest is about more than simply getting enough sleep.
  • It’s not about finding balance between work and personal life. It’s about creating harmony between the two.
  • Rest is not a naughty word; it’s a good thing!
  • There’s a lot of value in celebrating how you’ve arrived at the goal – not just the goal itself.

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.

Facing Burnout

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:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Sensory
  • Creative

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.



Without a doubt, we encourage you to learn more about Saundra’s work through her website. It’s full of information about rest and mind/body/spirit healing. In addition, Saundra hosts I Choose My Best Life Podcast, focused on ways to live fully, love boldly, and rest intentionally.

You can also connect with Saundra via FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

Giving is Good

Believing in the importance of support, Saundra’s favorite charity is Project 58. This organization’s mission is to eradicate poverty in all forms throughout the world. Namely, Project 58 works to feed the hungry, provide clean water, and enact social justice. Learn more through their website and find out how to get involved.

"I want to know that I've entered each day openly and allowed the seemingly normal moments to become something special."

- Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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